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HK government hands out $4,000 windfall to 3million residents

03 October 2019

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3 million HK residents get the $4k windfall 
Hong Kong’s Caring and Sharing Scheme has been substantially completed with three million permanent residents approved for the one-off  $4,000 allowance.

According to a government statement released today, Oct 3, the Working Family Allowance Office had processed about 3.4 million applications for the bonanza by Sept 30. This made up 98% of 3.47 million applications received.

Among the 3 million approved applications, payments in the sum of $10.6 billion have been approved for 2.99 million applications, or 99%, a government spokesman said.
He said payments for around 20,000 remaining applications that were approved recently will be paid within the week via bank transfer, or via check by post for applicants who do not possess bank accounts.

About 350,000 applications, or 10%, were rejected, and around 46,000 or 1.4%, were duplicate or applications withdrawn by applicants 

The WFAO has indicated that more than 60,000 applications, or 1.8%, are yet to be processed, including more than 50,000 in which the applicants have not provided sufficient information for further checking, such as copies of their Hong Kong ID cards.
The WFAO will process the applications promptly once the relevant information has been received, the spokesman said.

About 12,000 application forms that have been duly received, acknowledged and their initial data input into the system, may have been packed away with processed forms and have not yet been located, thus their processing is pending.

The WFAO has contacted the applicants concerned via SMS to expedite rocessing of these cases. It will also check all the application forms in hand to locate the misplaced application forms.
If any application forms cannot be located, the WFAO will follow up with the affected applicants separately and will notify the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, the spokesman said.

Applicants who wish to know the status of their applications may email their enquiries to the WFAO at careandshare@wfsfaa.gov.hk or call the hotline at 3897 1088.

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