Highlights of the Year 2020-21
IMPROVEMENT MEASURE TO THE COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE (CSSA) SCHEME
In February 2021, the Government fully implemented a series of measures to improve the CSSA Scheme as announced in the Chief Executive’s 2019 Policy Address. These measures include enhancing the employment support services; increasing the maximum rent allowance for different household sizes by approximately 3% to 27% as a one-off measure; raising the maximum level of disregarded earnings from $2,500 to $4,000 per month and increasing the maximum level of earnings to be totally disregarded from a new job from the first month’s income to a maximum of the first 2 months’ income every 2 years; and extending a range of supplement and special grants to eligible non-elderly able-bodied recipients.
TEMPORARY RELAXATION OF CSSA ASSET LIMITS FOR ABLE-BODIED PERSONS
Having considered the adverse impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the economy, the Government provided time-limited unemployment support through the CSSA system by temporarily relaxing the CSSA asset limits by 100% for able-bodied persons during a 12-month period from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021.
PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL ONE-OFF ASSISTANCE TO SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS
To ease the financial burden of the public, the Government provided one additional month of standard rate to CSSA recipients, and one additional month of allowance to recipients of 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 under the Social Security Allowance Scheme in June 2020.