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Jan 2020Annual Revision of Asset Limits under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Schemes

With effect from 1 February 2020, the asset limits under the CSSA Scheme and Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) (including OALA under the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme) under the SSA Scheme are also adjusted upwards from the same date.

The revised asset limits effective from 1 February 2020 are provided in the leaflets below:

Information leaflet on asset limits under the CSSA Scheme and SSA Scheme ( Annex)
Jan 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate Two Support Centres for Persons with Autism (SPAs)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate two Support Centres for Persons with Autism (SPAs) in the New Territories West and Kowloon East Regions respectively. A total of eight 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 the following 2 NGOs to operate the SPA service –
 
Name of Organisation Region of SPA to be situated
The Salvation Army New Territories West
(Tsuen Wan District, Kwai Tsing District, Yuen Long District and Tuen Mun District)
Yang Memorial Methodist Social Services Kowloon East
(Kwun Tong District, Wong Tai Sin District and Sai Kung District)
Jan 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Parents/Relatives Resource Centres

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate the Parents/ Relatives Resource Centres (PRCs).  A total of 24 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendations of the Committee, SWD has selected the following 7 NGOs to operate the PRCs in the respective locations:
 
Location of PRC Name of Organisation
Southern District Heep Hong Society
Sham Shui Po District Hong Kong Christian Service
Kwai Tsing District* Caritas - Hong Kong
Shatin District The Salvation Army
Tai Po District Hong Kong PHAB Association
Yuen Long District* St. James’ Settlement
Islands District The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council

*Remarks: PRC with specialised ethnic minority unit
Jan 2020Protecting Children from Maltreatment – Procedural Guide for Multi-disciplinary Co-operation (Revised 2020)

“Protecting Children from Maltreatment – Procedural Guide for Multi-disciplinary Co-operation (Revised 2020)” will be implemented on 1 April 2020.  For details, please click here.
Jan 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for the Implementation of Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for the implementation of the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (the Scheme). A total of seven 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 the following five NGOs to implement the Scheme starting from the year 2020:

(1) Caritas – Hong Kong

(2) Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service – Hong Kong

(3) Haven of Hope Christian Service

(4) Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

(5) Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service
Jan 2020Outcome of Vetting of Applications for Purchase Exercise under Enhanced Bought Place Scheme (2019)

The Social Welfare Department has completed vetting of the applications for the Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme (2019).  The list of private residential care homes for the elderly being accepted for joining the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme can be downloaded here.
Jan 2020Enrolled Nurse (General) / Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) Training Programme for the Welfare Sector 2020-21

To alleviate the shortage of nurses in the welfare sector, the Social Welfare Department has subsidised and commissioned The Open University of Hong Kong to organise two-year full-time Enrolled Nurse (General) / Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) Training Programmes for the Welfare Sector.  The Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programme is to be provided by The Open University of Hong Kong in respect of the Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (General Health Care) (Programme code: HDNGOSF1). The Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) Training Programme is to be provided by The Open University of Hong Kong in respect of the Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health Care) (Programme code: HDNMOSF1). The programmes will commence on 1 September 2020.  An information seminar on the programmes will be held on 17 January 2020 (Friday), details as follows:

Time : 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Venue : E0313, Jockey Club Campus, The Open University of Hong Kong, 81 Chung Hau Street, Homantin, Kowloon

Applications will close on 22 February 2020. For information of the programmes, please click here to visit the website of The Open University of Hong Kong. You may also click here for submission of application (only online application is accepted).

For any enquiries, please contact The Open University of Hong Kong at telephone number 3120 2661 / 3120 2662.

Jan 2020 Provision of one-off extra allowance to social security recipients

The Legislative Council Finance Committee approved funding proposal on 6 December 2019 for implementing the measures as announced by the Financial Secretary on 15 August 2019 to provide one additional month of standard rate for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients and one additional month of allowance for Old Age Allowance (including the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme), Old Age Living Allowance and Disability Allowance recipients under the Social Security Allowance Scheme.  

Eligible recipients will receive a one-off extra allowance starting from 7 January 2020.  The payment will be credited to the designated bank accounts of the eligible recipients without the need to make an application.
Jan 2020The new rounds of applications for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged are now open for application

The Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – the Thirteenth Round Regular Portion Application and the Sixth Round Dedicated Portion Application – are now open for application. For details of application, please refer to the following links:

Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – Regular Portion

Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – Dedicated Portion
Jan 2020Invitation of eligible elderly persons to apply for the fifth batch of vouchers under the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher (RCSV) for the Elderly (Pilot  Scheme) in March 2017.  A total of 3 000 RCSVs will be issued to eligible elderly persons in batches under the Pilot Scheme.  SWD has sent invitation letters to eligible elderly persons on 6 December 2019 with their application dates for long-term care services on or before 30 June 2019, inviting them to apply for the fifth batch of RCSVs.  For more information about the Pilot Scheme, please click here.  
Jan 2020Project on Child Care Training for Grandparents

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has launched a two-year Project on Child Care Training for Grandparents in late November 2019 with a total provision of around 1200 training places.  The Project aims at equipping grandparents with contemporary child care knowledge and skills so as to strengthen the support for nuclear families.

Please click here for further details.
Jan 2020Assistance Programme under the Community Care Fund

The Community Care Fund extends the “Subsidy for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients Living in Rented Private Housing”, which is administered by the Social Welfare Department.

For details, please click here.
Jan 2020The second batch of Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities to be open for application

The second batch of Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities is open for application on 28 November 2019 and the deadline for submission is 27 February 2020.  Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) granted tax- exempted status under section 88 (Cap.112) of the Inland Revenue Ordinance, with at least two years of experience in organising structured arts activities or training programmes for Persons with Disabilities are eligible to make application.  Please click here for more details and download the latest version of the application form.
Jan 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to operate a Day Care Centre for the Elderly at 2 Tsing Min Path, Tuen Mun

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate a Day Care Centre for the Elderly (DE) at 2 Tsing Min Path, Tuen Mun.  A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals. Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected St James' Settlement to operate the DE.
Jan 2020Facebook Page of Enhancing Employment of People with Disabilities through Small Enterprise Project launched

The Marketing Consultancy Office (Rehabilitation) of the Social Welfare Department has created a Facebook page of the "Enhancing Employment of People with Disabilities through Small Enterprise Project" (3E Project) (@MCOR.3EProject) to enhance public understanding of the project.

The Facebook page introduces social enterprises funded by the 3E Project on a regular basis and disseminate messages on 3E Project-related marketing activities and promotional offers. It creates a platform for social enterprises to reach the public.

Meanwhile, the website of the Office (www.mcor.swd.gov.hk) has been revamped and now supports responsive web design. The contents and graphics will adjust automatically to fit in various devices.  Furthermore, members of the public may “LIKE” their favourite social enterprises funded by the 3E Project and look for their products and services as well as rehabilitation service units using the search function.

Please click here for further details.

Jan 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation to Tender for “Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Old Age Living Allowance under the Fujian Scheme” [Tender Reference: SWD/OALA-FJS]

The Award of Contract has been announced.  For details, please click here.
Jan 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation to Tender for “Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Old Age Living Allowance under the Guangdong Scheme” [Tender Reference: SWD/OALA-GDS]

The Award of Contract has been announced.  For details, please click here.
Jan 2020Implementation of Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) under Guangdong (GD) Scheme and Fujian (FJ) Scheme and one-year special one-off arrangement (SOOA)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) implements OALA under the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme from 1 January 2020 which is now open for application.  The OALA under the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme is to provide a special monthly allowance to supplement the living expenses of Hong Kong (HK) elderly persons aged 65 or above who choose to reside in GD or FJ and have income and assets not exceeding the prescribed limits.  In the first year of implementing OALA under the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme (i.e. from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020), an SOOA is put in place for OALA and Old Age Allowance to allow elderly persons who have already settled in GD or FJ and satisfied all other eligibility criteria (including age, means test requirement for OALA applicants, etc.), but failed to meet the one-year continuous residence in HK requirement to benefit from the GD Scheme or FJ Scheme without having to return to and stay in HK for one year.  For details and application procedures of the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme, please visit the website of GD Scheme / FJ Scheme .
Jan 2020Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of October 2019 to December 2019 has been announced.  Please download the information here
Jan 2020Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities open for applications all year round

For details of the SPED and application eligibility, please click here.

http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_vocational/id_sped/