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Apr 2018Flag Days in 2019-20 Open for Application (from 16 April 2018 to 15 May 2018)

Flag days in 2019-20 are open for application from 16 April 2018.  The deadline for application is 15 May 2018.
Application form can be downloaded here  Word document(MS Word) PDF document(PDF).
Specimen of application  PDF document(PDF)
Apr 2018Three Phases of Application for Higher Old Age Living Allowance

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) implements the Higher Old Age Living Allowance (Higher OALA) on 1 June 2018 to provide a higher monthly allowance for eligible elderly persons with more financial needs.  The Higher OALA takes retrospective effect from 1 May 2017 (Effective Date).  The current OALA is renamed as Normal OALA.  To enable elderly persons to receive the allowance as early as possible, the SWD starts to arrange the application for Higher OALA by elderly persons through three phases from April 2018, namely "Auto-conversion", "Postal Submission" and "New Application". 

Elderly persons who meet the monthly income and asset limits as below will receive a lump-sum retrospective payment counting from 1 May 2017 at the earliest.
Limits on 1 May 2017:
 
  Single person Married couple Amount of allowance
Total income per month $7,750 $12,620 $3,435
Total asset value $144,000 $218,000


Elderly persons who meet the monthly income and asset limits as below will only be granted a lump-sum retrospective payment counting from 1 February 2018 at the earliest.
Limits effective from 1 February 2018:
 
  Single person Married couple Amount of allowance
Total income per month $7,820 $12,770 $3,485
Total asset value $146,000 $221,000 
 

The above arrangements are only applicable to the "Auto-conversion" cases or applications through "Postal Submission" or "New Application" received on or before 31 December 2018.  For applications received on or after 1 January 2019, eligible elderly persons will only be entitled to receive the Higher OALA from the date of eligibility.

For details of Higher OALA, please click here.

Apr 2018Programme under the Community Care Fund

The Community Care Fund "Pilot Scheme on Providing Special Subsidy for Persons with Permanent Stoma from Low-income Families for Purchasing Medical Consumables" accepts second batch application, the Pilot Scheme is administered by the Social Welfare Department.
For details, please click here.
Apr 2018To invite the 20th batch applications for the Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities (SPED)

The Social Welfare Department is inviting the employers of persons with disabilities to submit application for SPED and the deadline is on 20 April 2018. For details of SPED and application eligibility, please click here.
Apr 2018Announcement of the Result of Invitation of Proposals to Operate New Special Child Care Centre cum Early Education and Training Centres

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate two new Special Child Care Centre (SCCC) cum Early Education and Training Centre (EETCs) at Kwun Tong district.  A total of 14 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected SAHK to operate the SCCC cum EETC at On Tai Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Kwun Tong and Heep Hong Society to operate the SCCC cum EETC at Lei Yue Mun Estate, Kwun Tong.
Apr 2018Invitation to Operate the Fifth Batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) School-based Projects

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) is now inviting interested schools to submit proposals for operating the Fifth Batch of CDF School-based Projects, which are to be launched in the second half of 2018. The closing time and date of submission of application is 5:00 pm on 27 April 2018 (Friday).

The applicant school must be a public sector school (including government schools, aided schools and caput schools) or a school under the Direct Subsidy Scheme.  Except for government schools, the applicant school must have a "certificate of registration" under Section 3 of the Education Ordinance (Chapter 279).  Through formulating and implementing the personal development plans, the projects aim to encourage children from a disadvantaged background to develop an asset-building habit as well as accumulate savings and intangible assets (such as positive attitude, personal resilience and capacities, social networks etc.) which are important assets for their future development.

A Guide on Application Procedures, comprising "How to Apply", "Service Specifications", “Assessment Mechanism” and "Application Form" can be downloaded here:

- Guide on Application Procedures for the Fifth Batch of CDF School-based Projects (PDF document PDF document)

- Application Form (PDF document PDF document)

A briefing session on the Fifth Batch CDF School-based Projects was held on 21 March 2018, the summary of “Questions and Answers” (in Chinese) of the briefing session can be downloaded here.

- Summary of “Questions and Answers” (PDF document PDF document) (Chinese version only)

For enquiries, please contact the Child Development Fund Office at 2892 5540.

Apr 2018Fujian Scheme opens for application from now

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launches the Fujian (FJ) Scheme under the Social Security Allowance Scheme from 1 April 2018 and the Scheme is now open for application.  The FJ Scheme is to provide Old Age Allowance to eligible Hong Kong (HK) elderly persons aged 65 or above who choose to reside in FJ, without the need to return to HK each year.  A special one-off arrangement is in place in the first year of implementing the FJ Scheme (i.e. from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) to allow elderly persons who have already settled in FJ and satisfied all other eligibility criteria (including age, means test requirement for applicants aged 65 to 69, etc.), but failed to meet the one-year continuous residence in HK requirement to benefit from the Scheme without having to return and stay in HK for one year.  For details of the Scheme and application procedures, please click here

Fujian Scheme Leaflet (PDF Version) can be downloaded here

Application Form (PDF Version) can be downloaded here

Guidance Notes for the Application (PDF Version) can be downloaded here
Apr 2018Assistance Programme under the Community Care Fund

Community Care Fund rolled out the Pilot Scheme on Support for Elderly Persons Discharged from Public Hospitals after Treatment.

For details, please click here.
Apr 2018Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of January to June 2018 has been announced.  Please download the information here.
Apr 2018Advice on the Installation and Use of Wall-mounted Kettles Connected with Inside Service

Please note the latest advice of Water Supplies Department to Child Care Centres / Residential Institutions / Day Centres for installation and use of wall-mounted kettles connected with inside service.  Please refer to the attached appendix for details.
Apr 2018Flag Day Organisers from April 2018 to March 2019

The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2018 to March 2019 can be downloaded here.