Date
15 December 2017
Low-income families will get grants of up to HK$13,000 each, depending on household size. Photo: AFP
Low-income families will get grants of up to HK$13,000 each, depending on household size. Photo: AFP

Community Care Fund to give out third round of grants

The Commission on Poverty is launching the third round of grants through its Community Care Fund to ease the financial pressure on low-income Hongkongers.

The cash to be given out this time is expected to amount to HK$468 million (US$60.33 million), the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

About 126,000 people in 53,000 households will benefit from the scheme, the report said, citing Law Chi-kwong, who chairs the Community Care Fund Task Force.

The grants to all categories of households have been increased by between HK$500 and HK$1,000.

A single-person household will receive HK$4,000; a two-person household, HK$8,000; and a three-person household, HK$11,000.

Any eligible households of four members or more will get a lump sum of HK$13,000.

The monthly income limits for the categories are set at HK$9,670, HK$14,970, HK$19,820 and HK$24,750, respectively.

Law said the commission has never considered using the Community Care Fund to give out grants regularly. 

He said that through more contact and understanding among the relevant stakeholders, other, more appropriate, ways can be found to assist those in need.

Social work veterans appreciate that the grants will serve as a cushion for the daily expenses of lower-income people but are disappointed the commission has no intention of providing the grants regularly.

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