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Jul 2020Invitation for Applications for Joining the Third Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly as Recognised Service Providers

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) is now inviting eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social enterprises (SEs), non-profit-making organisations, private organisations, medical/rehabilitation service operators and licensed private hospitals to submit applications for joining the Third Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (the Pilot Scheme) as Recognised Service Providers (RSPs). 

An eligible applicant for RSP should meet one of the following conditions listed below –

a. a NGO/SE [being a bona fide non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation, charitable institution, or trust of a public character that is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112)] or a private organisation with proven experience of directly providing elderly care services, either community care services (CCS) or residential care service, for a continuous period of at least six months immediately preceding the submission date of application; or
b. a medical/rehabilitation service operator with proven experience of directly providing CCS for a continuous period of at least six months immediately preceding the submission date of application; or
c. a licensed private hospital.

The CCS provided by the applicant should cover at least two types of core care services.  Types of core care services refer to (i) rehabilitation exercise provided by physiotherapist/occupational therapist; (ii) special/basic nursing care provided by registered/enrolled nurse; and (iii) personal care (including food-feeding, transfer, showering/bathing, toileting/diaper changing, changing of clothes, meals delivery, home making, escort, etc.) provided by health worker/personal care worker.

The eligible NGOs, non-profit-making organisations and SEs can also apply for a one-off seed money for purchase of vehicle as well as furniture and equipment needed for service operation.

Please click here for downloading the Service Specifications on the Pilot Scheme, RSP Application Form, Application Form for Seed Money and the slides (Chinese version only) of the Briefing Session on this invitation held on 22 June 2020.

For enquiries, please contact Miss Vanessa LO (Tel. No.: 3107 2168) or Ms Carol CHAN (Tel. No.: 2249 5266), the Social Work Officers of the Community Care Service Voucher Office.

Jul 2020Provision of Subsidy for Internet Access Charges (SIA) to students on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)

The Social Welfare Department will issue on 27 July 2020 at the earliest a household-based SIA to CSSA families with children receiving primary or secondary education in receipt of the flat-rate grant for school-related expenses in the 2020/21 school year.  Full SIA for each eligible CSSA family is $1,600 for the 2020/21 school year.

CSSA recipients are not required to make application for the subsidy.  The money will be paid to them on or after 27 July 2020 through the existing CSSA payment method, that is, normally through bank payment credited to the designated bank account.
Jul 2020Extending the Community Living Supplement (CLS) under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme

With effect from 1 August 2020, the CLS under the CSSA Scheme will be extended to cover able-bodied adult recipients who are aged 60 to 64 and not living in institutions to better support their stay in the community.

Details on CLS with effect from 1 August 2020 are provided in the leaflet below:
Information leaflet on CLS under the CSSA Scheme (Annex)
Jul 2020Application for 2020 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme

To increase the provision of subsidised residential care places for the elderly and enhance the overall service quality of private residential care homes for the elderly, the Social Welfare Department is inviting operators of private residential care homes for the elderly to submit applications for the 2020 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme.  Applications will close on 14 August 2020.  For details, please click here.
Jul 2020Invitation for application of "Financial Support Scheme for Self-help Organisations of Persons with Disabilities / Chronic Illnesses (2020-2022)" (the 10th batch)

With a view to fostering the spirit of self-help and mutual support among persons with disabilities and their families, caring the persons with disabilities / chronic illnesses in the community and supporting the operation and development of self-help organisations, the Social Welfare Department is going to launch the "Financial Support Scheme for Self-help Organisations of Persons with Disabilities / Chronic Illnesses (2020-2022)" (FSS).  Application for this batch of FSS is now invited.  Deadline for submission of application is set at 5 p.m. on 5 August 2020.

For details of the FSS, please click here (Chinese Version Only)

Questions and Answers for Reference can be browsed here (Chinese Version Only)

Application Guide can be downloaded here (Chinese Version Only)

Application Form can be downloaded here 


For enquiries, please contact Ms Rita LEE, Social Work Officer, on 2892 5664 or Miss Irene POON, Assistant Social Work Officer, on 2892 5563.
Jul 2020Application for the “Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department” is extended to 31 July 2020

In order to assist those eligible interest class instructors who have not submitted applications before the closing date owing to various reasons, application for the “Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department (SWD)” (the Scheme) is extended to 31 July 2020 (Friday).  Completed application forms are to be submitted to SWD through subvented welfare service units concerned.

A one-off relief grant of HK$7,500 will be provided for each eligible interest class instructor.  Details can be downloaded here:
For those instructors who have submitted applications to the Education Bureau for relief grants for school instructors of learning/interest classes or to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for relief grants for registered sports coaches, further submission to SWD is not required. 
 

For any enquiries to the Scheme, please contact Youth Section of SWD (telephone: 2892 5126 or 2892 5694).
 
Jul 2020Invitation of Eligible Residential Care Homes for the Elderly to Apply for Joining the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited applications from operators of eligible residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) to apply for participating in the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (the Pilot Scheme) as Recognised Service Providers (RSPs). All RCHEs providing non-subsidised residential care places for the elderly and meeting the space standard, staffing requirements as well as specified requirements in track record, are eligible to apply as RSPs. The Pilot Scheme has been extended for 3 years from March 2020 to March 2023.

SWD now continues to invite applications from operators of eligible RCHEs to apply for participating in the Pilot Scheme as RSPs and implements enhancement measures during the Pilot Scheme as extended in order to increase the flexibility of the scheme and streamline the administrative procedure.

"Invitation Letter (Chinese version only)" can be downloaded here.

"Invitation for Applications - Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (Recognised Service Providers)" can be downloaded here.

"RSP Application Form” can be downloaded here.

For details of the Pilot Scheme, please click here.

For enquiries, please contact the following responsible officers of Residential Care Service Voucher Office :
Ms Esther HO (Senior Social Work Officer)  2989 1498
Miss May HO (Social Work Officer)1  3107 3424
Ms Dilis LAU (Social Work Officer)2  3107 3260
Miss Miranda TSANG (Social Work Officer)3 2456 2913
Jul 2020The Family Life Education Resource Centre (the Centre) of Social Welfare Department (SWD) will cease operation with effect from 1.7.2020

The Family Life Education Resource Centre (the Centre) of Social Welfare Department (SWD) will cease operation with effect from 1.7.2020.  SWD has informed all the stakeholders about the detailed arrangement through emails, related meetings and the Centre's website.  Information of family life education can be browsed and downloaded from “Family Life Education Resource Corner” on SWD's website.  For enquiries, please contact Mr Daniel CHU, Social Work Officer (Family)(Special Duty)1, on 2892 5322.
Jul 2020Assistance Programme under the Community Care Fund

The Community Care Fund rolled out the Assistance Programme to Improve the Living Environment of Low-income Subdivided Unit Households on 30 June, which is administered by the Social Welfare Department. To this end, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service has been entrusted as the approved service provider to co-ordinate the implementation of the programme and partner with non-governmental organisations as approved agents to implement the programme.
For details, please click here.
Jul 2020One-off increase in maximum rent allowance under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme and upward adjustment of income limits for Old Age Living Allowance (OALA)

With effect from 1 July 2020, the one-off increase of the maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme as approved by the Legislative Council Finance Committee will take place. Correspondingly, an upward adjustment of the income limits for OALA (including OALA under the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme) under Social Security Allowance Scheme will also take effect on the same day.

The adjusted maximum rent allowance under CSSA and income limits for OALA with effect from 1 July 2020 are provided in the leaflets below:
Information leaflet on one-off increase in maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme and revised income limits for OALA (Annex)
Jul 2020Arrangement of the back payment upon retrospective adjustment of payment rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Schemes

The back payment upon the retrospective adjustment on the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme, and the rates of the Old Age Allowance (OAA) [including OAA under the Guangdong (GD) Scheme and Fujian (FJ) Scheme], the Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) [including OALA under the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme] and Disability Allowance under the SSA Scheme with effect from 1 February 2020 will be credited to the recipients' designated bank accounts from 24 June 2020 onwards.  Recipients are not required to make application for the adjusted amount.
Jul 2020Invitation to Tender for the Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Social Security Payments in Guangdong and Fujian [Tender Reference: SWD/GD&FJ]

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting tender for the processing of applications and provision of services for elderly persons applying for/receiving Social Security Payments in Guangdong and Fujian for a period of 36 months from April 2021. The closing time and date of tender invitation is 12:00 pm on 24 July 2020.

A briefing session on this invitation to tender was held on 10 June 2020. The PowerPoint for the briefing session can be downloaded here:

PowerPoint [English version only]
(PDF file)
Jul 2020Provision of one-off extra allowance to recipients of Social Security Payments

The Legislative Council passed the Appropriation Bill 2020 on 14 May 2020 for implementing the measures as announced by the Financial Secretary on 26 February 2020 to provide one additional month of standard rate for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients and one additional month of allowance for Old Age Allowance (OAA) [including OAA under the Guangdong (GD) Scheme and Fujian (FJ) Scheme], Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) (including OALA under the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme) and Disability Allowance recipients under the Social Security Allowance Scheme. 

Eligible recipients will receive the one-off additional payment starting from 12 June 2020 and the payment will be credited to the designated bank accounts of the recipients.  Recipients are not required to make application for the additional payment.
 
Jul 2020Revision of Payment Rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Schemes

The Finance Committee of the Legislative Council approved on 29 May 2020 the proposal to increase by 3.6% the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme, and the rates of the Old Age Allowance (OAA) [including the OAA under Guangdong (GD) Scheme and Fujian (FJ) Scheme], the Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) [including the OALA under GD Scheme and FJ Scheme] and Disability Allowance under the SSA Scheme based on the established adjustment mechanism.  At the same time, the monthly income limits for OALA [including the OALA under GD Scheme and FJ Scheme] under the SSA Scheme are also adjusted upwards. The above adjustment will take retrospective effect from 1 February 2020 and the date for arranging the back payment of the adjusted amount will be announced later.

For the revised rates effective from 1 February 2020, please click here.
Jul 2020Withdrawal of social security payment outside Hong Kong by recipients/appointees of Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme

To strictly control the epidemic of coronavirus, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has imposed a 14-day compulsory quarantine on people (including Hong Kong residents) entering Hong Kong from the Mainland since 8 February 2020 up to 7 September 2020. 

Recipients/Appointees of the Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme may not be able to return to Hong Kong as usual to withdraw Comprehensive Social Security Assistance/Old Age Allowance/Old Age Living Allowance due to the above measure.  To facilitate the withdrawal of monthly assistance/allowance outside Hong Kong by the recipients/appointees, retail banks in Hong Kong have put in place a special arrangement, supporting the use of the ATM cards (including debit cards and those credit cards with cash withdrawal function) issued by banks in Hong Kong to withdraw cash outside Hong Kong, and allowing recipients/appointees of the above schemes to activate the cash withdrawal function of their ATM cards on the Mainland through different bank channels (including bank hotlines) without the need to return to Hong Kong in-person, for the convenience of withdrawing assistance/allowance outside Hong Kong.   Furthermore, some of the banks in Hong Kong have also put in place arrangements for authorizing the banks through remote channels including by post to arrange remittance, so as to facilitate the recipients/appointees of the above schemes to establish standing instructions for banks to remit monthly assistance/allowance to their designated bank accounts on the Mainland without the need to return to Hong Kong in-person. For details, please click the links below:  
(The Hong Kong Association of Banks website - ATM cash withdrawal service outside Hong Kong)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/DisplayArticleAction.do?sid=5&ss=7&lang=en

(List of banks providing ATM cash withdrawal service outside Hong Kong)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/download.jsp?isTemp=N&section_id=5&file_name=Activation of Capability of ATM Cash Withdrawal Outside HK.pdf

(The Hong Kong Association of Banks website - authorizing banks through remote channels to arrange remittance)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/DisplayArticleAction.do?sid=5&ss=23&lang=en

(List of banks supporting authorization through remote channels to arrange remittance)
http://www.hkab.org.hk/download.jsp?isTemp=N&section_id=5&file_name=Standing Instruction.pdf
Jul 2020Invitation to Tender for Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Social Security Payments in Guangdong and Fujian [Tender Reference SWD/GD&FJ]

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) is inviting tender for processing of applications and provision of services for elderly persons applying for/receiving Social Security Payments in Guangdong and Fujian for a period of 36 months from April 2021.

Tender Documents are obtainable during office hours from the Social Security Branch, SWD at Room 704, 7/F., Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. The closing time and date of tender invitation is 12:00 pm on 24 July 2020.

SWD will hold a Tender Briefing Session on 10 June 2020.

For more information about this tender invitation, please refer to Tender Notices.

Documents for preparing this tender submissions can be downloaded here :

Information Brief on the Social Security Payments in Guangdong and Fujian [English version only]

Form for Information on the Tenderer (Appendix 1 to Annex 1) [English version only]

Form for Operation Proposal for the Provision of Group A Services (Appendix 2(a) to Annex 1) [English version only]

Form for Operation Proposal for the Provision of Group B Services (Appendix 2(b) to Annex 1) [English version only]

Form for Price Proposal for the Provision of Group A Services (Annex 2(a)) [English version only]

Form for Price Proposal for the Provision of Group B Services (Annex 2(b)) [English version only]

Annex 7 [English version only]

Reply Slip for Tender Briefing Session [English version only] can be downloaded here.
 
Jul 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Implementing the Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (Phase 3)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to implement the Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (Phase 3).  A total of 24 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (Committee) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals. Upon the recommendation of the Committee, SWD has selected the following 23 proposals (including 7 operating Full Social Work Teams and 16 operating Half-teams) to implement the services of the Pilot Scheme (Phase 3) –
 
Serial No Agency
(in alphabetical order)
Joint Application Social Work Team
Type
Full Half
1. Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (The)* / Pentecostal Church of Hong Kong  
2. Caritas – Hong Kong    
3. Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod (The)* / Salvation Army (The)  
4. Chinese Young Men's Christian Association of Hong Kong* / Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (The)  
5. Church of United Brethren in Christ Hong Kong Limited (The)* / Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service  
6. Heep Hong Society    
7. Hong Kong ABWE Social Services* / ELCHK, Social Service Head Office  
8. Hong Kong Children and Youth Services    
9. Hong Kong Christian Service* / Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China (The)  
10. Hong Kong Family Welfare Society    
11. Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church - Hong Kong Synod Limited* / Yan Chai Hospital  
12. Hong Kong Society for the Deaf (The)* / Hong Kong Student Aid Society Limited (The)  
13. Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children    
14. Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association* / St. James' Settlement  
15. Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service* / Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union Hong Kong Limited  
16. Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon (The)* / Christian Family Service Centre  
17. Methodist Centre* / Methodist Epworth Village Community Centre, Social Welfare / Asbury Methodist Social Service  
18. Po Leung Kuk    
19. SAHK    
20. Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service (The)    
21. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals    
22. Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service* / Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (The)  
23. Yuen Yuen Institute (The)* / Yan Oi Tong  


*    Key applicant organisation for joint application

Social Work Teams operated by the awarded NGOs will commence services with effect from 10 August 2020.
Jul 2020Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of April 2020 to July 2020 has been announced.  Please download the information here
Jul 2020Announcement of the List of Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Operators for the Eighth Batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) Projects

The Social Welfare Department has awarded 27 projects to 22 NGOs for operating the eighth batch of CDF Projects.  The NGO operators will start to recruit participants and mentors from June 2020 and commence operation from September 2020.  

List of the NGOs operating the 27 CDF projects (including one joint project) and their respective serving district / area can be downloaded here.
Jul 2020SWD launches Anti-virus Coating Spray Subsidy for residential care homes for the elderly and residential care homes for persons with disabilities

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched an Anti-virus Coating Spray Subsidy on 4 May 2020 to support all the some 1 000 Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (RCHEs) and Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (RCHDs) to give their premises an anti-virus coating spray for stepping up infection control. 

The subsidy is one of the items approved by the Anti-epidemic Fund Steering Committee on 20 April 2020, with a total subsidy amount of $80 million.

All subvented, contract, self-financing and private RCHEs and RCHDs with a valid licence as at 30 April 2020 are eligible to apply for the subsidy.  The ceiling of the subsidy amount for each RCHE or RCHD is calculated on the basis of the floor area of the home. 

The SWD issued letters on 4 May 2020 to invite eligible RCHEs and RCHDs to apply for the subsidy.  Following a streamlined confirmation procedure, the RCHEs and RCHDs may procure the anti-virus coating spray service on their own for one-off or multiple applications of coating to provide disinfection protection for an aggregate of no less than 180 days.  The coating spray must be started on or before 31 August 2020.
Jul 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/