Funding for the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance
and Social Security Allowance Schemes



DateContextSummary of developmentAction
25.10.00 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon LAW Chi-kwong raised a question on "Statistics on various grants and supplements under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance ("CSSA") Scheme". [Hansard "page 21"]
12.2.01 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on "Social Security Allowance ("SSA") Scheme Supplementary Provisions" which sought members' support on a supplementary provision of $55 million under the SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Administration's response to a question raised by a member at the Panel meeting about the reasons for the increase in the number of Higher Old Age Allowance ("OAA") cases. [Follow-up Paper]

23.2.01 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a commitment to create supplementary provision of $55 million under Subhead 180 SSA Scheme. [Paper]
9.7.01 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel Members noted the Administration's paper entitled "Annual inflation adjustment of the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and the SSA Scheme" and raised no question. [Paper]
10.12.01 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration sought the Panel's support to increase the maximum level of monthly disregarded earnings (DE) from $1,805 to $2,500 for single parents under the CSSA Scheme with effect from 1 March 2002. [Paper] Deputations were also invited to express their views on the subject.
14.1.02 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel's support was sought for a supplementary provision of $150 million for the CSSA Scheme to cover the shortfall of fund for meeting three-month expenditure from January to March 2002.
1.2.02 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a commitment to increase the maximum level of monthly DE from $1,805 to $2,500 for single parents on CSSA with effect from 1 March 2002. [Paper]

FC approved a commitment to create a supplementary provision of $150 million under Subhead 179 CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

11.7.02 FC denoting Finance Committee The Administration provided an information note for FC informing Members that the Social Security Assistance Index of Prices ("SSAIP") registered a further negative change in 2001-02, and that the Administration decided to maintain the standard payment rates of the CSSA and SSA Schemes until March 2003, pending a review of the payment rates and related matters. [Information Paper]
11.11.02 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the "Adjustment mechanism of CSSA rates", including the latest situation of the CSSA Scheme, how the existing CSSA standard rates were arrived at, and the reasons for having a 11.1% room of CSSA standard rates downwards adjustment. However, the Administration stressed that it had not yet come to a view on adjusting the CSSA standard rates downwards after March 2003.
18.12.02 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEE Cheuk-yan raised a question on "Adjustment of Disability Allowances ("DA")". [Hansard "page 78"]
10.2.03 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration advised the Panel that no decision had yet been made about adjusting the standard payments of CSSA downwards. Members also noted that the Administration would propose a supplementary provision of $250 million for the CSSA Scheme to ensure adequate fund to meet the three-month expenditure from January to March 2003, given that the trend of increase of CSSA cases was likely to continue or even accelerate under the then economic situation.
21.2.03 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a commitment to create a supplementary provision of $250 million under Subhead 179 CSSA Scheme. [Paper]
25.2.03 PRESS, BRIEF denoting Press Release & LegCo Brief The Executive Council (ExCo) approved a downward adjustment of 11.1% to the standard rates under CSSA Scheme for able-bodied recipients and those of the non means-tested DA under the SSA Scheme in accordance with the established adjustment mechanism with effect from 1.6.03.

For non able-bodied CSSA recipients - namely the elderly, the disabled, and those medically certified to be in ill health - their standard rates would also be adjusted downwards by 11.1% but this would take effect in two phases over two years, first by 6% effective from October 2003, followed by the second phase adjustment effective from October 2004.

Adjustment to other standard payment rates such as maximum rent allowance under CSSA would be effected from June 2003 for all categories of recipients.

The rates of OAA under the SSA Scheme would remain frozen at their current levels until inflation in subsequent years catches up.

ExCo also endorsed a package of intensified measures to promote self-reliance and help unemployed welfare recipients to rejoin the workforce. [Press release]

26.2.03 CM denoting Council Motion A motion moved by Hon WONG Sing-chi on "Opposing cutbacks in welfare benefits" was passed. [Hansard "page 157"]
19.3.03 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon TANG Siu-tong raised a written question on "Compilation of Social Security Assistance Index of Prices". [Hansard "page 61"]
26.3.03 FC denoting Finance Committee The Administration proposed to allocate $17 billion for the CSSA Scheme for the 2003-04 financial year. Some members expressed grave concern about the effect of the downward adjustment of CSSA payments upon CSSA recipients. Given the grievances expressed by the social welfare sector, these members queried whether sufficient consultation concerning the proposed downward adjustment of CSSA had been conducted. In reply, the Administration advised that the decision of CSSA downward adjustment was reached after detailed analysis and careful deliberations, taking into account views expressed by different sectors of the community and balancing all relevant factors, including fiscal and welfare considerations.
14.4.03 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel Further to the meetings on 11.11.02 and 10.2.03, the Panel discussed the paper on the special grants under the CSSA Scheme and the mechanisms for adjusting the maximum levels of rent allowance and the rates of the flat-rate grant for selected items of school-related expenses. [Paper]
9.6.03 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's plan to change the residence requirements for CSSA and SSA from 1 year to 7 years with effect from 1.1.04. [LegCo brief]
27.6.03 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved the new seven years residence requirements for CSSA and SSA with effect from 1.1.04. [Paper]
26.11.03 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEE Cheuk-yan raised a written question on "Statistics on low earnings category under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 126"]
18.12.03 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel met deputations to receive views on the new seven years residence requirements for CSSA and SSA. [Paper]

Most members and deputations disagreed with the new residence requirements. Some members also opined that the new residence requirements for CSSA and SSA were discriminatory in its different treatment of new arrivals below 18 and at 18 or above. They also queried about the legality of the residence requirements for CSSA/SSA. In view of the concerns raised by concerned parties and members, the Panel decided to form a subcommittee. The first meeting of the subcommittee was held on 2.1.04.

9.2.04 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration sought the Panel's support on a supplementary provision of $300 million for the CSSA Scheme to meet the anticipated increase in CSSA caseload. [Paper]
20.2.04 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a commitment to create a supplementary provision of $300 million under Head 170 Social Welfare Department Subhead 179 CSSA Scheme. [Paper]
24.3.04 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Sing-chi raised an oral question on "Collection of CSSA payments on behalf of elderly". [Hansard "page 13"]
8.11.04 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper which provided information on the CSSA Scheme and specific reviews being undertaken to improve the system. [Paper] Deputations were also invited to express their views on the subject.

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat which gave an account of the background on and the recent development of the adjustment of the standard payment rates under the CSSA and the SSA Schemes. [Background brief]

24.11.04 CM denoting Council Motion A motion moved by Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG on "Restoring CSSA rates to the level prior to 1 June 2003" was negatived. [Hansard "page 96"]
8.12.04 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Federick FUNG raised a question on "Statistics on PRH households receiving CSSA payments". [Hansard "page 97"]
13.12.04 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position regarding and the Administration's arrangements on funding for welfare services in 2005-2006. [Paper] Deputations were also invited to give views on the subject.

The Panel passed two motions which, respectively, requested the Government not to reduce the basic expenditure for social welfare in 2005-2006, and requested the Government to abort any cost-cutting plan from 2006-2007 to 2008-2009, as well as extending the tide-over grant, so as to ensure the quality of social welfare services and meet the needs of the public for such services. [Minutes]

5.1.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHAN Yuen-han raised a question on "CSSA statistics". [Hansard "page 119"]
16.3.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHOY So-yuk raised a question on "Suspending Payment of OAA". [Hansard "page 27"]
20.4.05 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposals to extend the Portable CSSA Scheme to Fujian Province to CSSA recipients aged 60 or above and relax the annual permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong for the OAA and DA under the SSA Scheme from 180 to 240 days. [Paper]

The Panel also discussed the Administration's proposal to provide a monthly supplement of $100 to CSSA recipients who were 100% disabled or who required constant attendance and were not living in institutions. [Paper]

Members supported the Administration's proposals and agreed that the approval of the necessary financial implications should be sought from FC.

4.5.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHAN Yuen-han raised a question on "Statistics on CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 113"]
6.5.05 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a relaxation of the annual permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong for the SSA Scheme from 180 days to 240 days, and the introduction of a monthly supplement of $100 for those recipients under the CSSA Scheme who are 100% disabled, or requiring constant attendance and not living in institutions. [Paper]
13.6.05 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on SSA for needy elderly in Hong Kong. [Paper] Deputations were also invited to express their views on the subject.

The Legislative Council Secretariat had prepared for members' reference a research report on social security system in support of the elderly in poverty in selected places [Research report] and a background brief summarizing the past discussions by the Panel on social security for needy elderly in Hong Kong. [Background brief]

At the members' request, the Legislative Council Secretariat provided for the Panel's reference supplementary information about the research report. [Supplementary note]

29.6.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHAN Yuen-han raised a question on "Statistics on CSSA Recipients". [Hansard "page 117"]
26.10.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Alan LEONG raised a question on "Participation of Single-Parent CSSA Recipients in Employment Assistance Schemes". [Hansard "page 12"]
26.10.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Albert CHAN raised a question on "CSSA Recipients Unable to Pay Fines". [Hansard "page 29"]
14.11.05 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of the SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment for the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and the DA of the SSA Scheme. The new CSSA and DA standard payments rates, subject to the FC's approval, would be effective from 1 February 2006. [Paper]

The Legislative Council Secretariat had also prepared a background brief on the subject for members' reference. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion moved by Hon LEE Cheuk-yan to request the Administration to reinstate the methodology used before 2001 to adjust CSSA and SSA rates. [minutes]

The Panel also discussed the Administration's paper on the review of the DA under the SSA Scheme. [Paper] Deputations were invited to express their views on the subject.

16.11.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LAU Kong-wah raised a question on "Statistics on Unemployed CSSA Recipients". [Hansard "page 108"]
23.11.05 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LAU Chin-shek raised a question on "CSSA Cases in Low Earnings Category". [Hansard "page 67"]
12.12.05 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel continued discussion on the Administration's paper on the review of the DA under the SAA Scheme. [Paper] The Administration had also provided for members' reference supplementary information on application and operational procedures of the DA. [Supplementary Paper] Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.
16.12.05 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a commitment to increase the standard payments under CSSA Scheme and the DA under the SSA Scheme [Paper]
8.3.06 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LI Fung-ying raised a question on "Defrauding of and Abusing CSSA". [Hansard "page 64"]
10.4.06 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration the short-term improvements to the DA arrangements, as well as the long-term considerations involved in the comprehensive review of the DA system. [Paper] Deputations were invited to express their views on the subject.

As requested by the Panel, the Administration provided written response to the views and suggestions raised by deputations on the DA at the meeting and the Chinese version of the checklist for medical assessment under the DA Scheme. [Follow-up Paper]

10.5.06 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Abraham SHEK raised a question on "CSSA Fraud Cases". [Hansard "page 102"]
14.6.06 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Ronny TONG raised a question on "Eligibility for CSSA". [Hansard "page 51"]
14.6.06 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LAU Chin-shek raised a question on "Statistics on CSSA Families". [Hansard "page 65"]
13.11.06 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of the SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment for the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and the DA of the SSA Scheme. The new CSSA and DA standard payments rates, subject to the FC's approval, would be effective from 1 February 2007. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

11.12.06 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration the system for processing applications for DA under SSA Scheme [Paper]. Deputations were also invited to give views on the subject.
13.12.06 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG raised a question on "New Dawn Project". [Hansard "page 40"]
13.12.06 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Frederick FUNG raised a question on "Financial Security for Elderly". [Hansard "page 86"]
15.12.06 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a commitment to increase the standard payments under CSSA Scheme and the DA under the SSA Scheme [Paper]
12.3.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration the review of the system for processing applications for DA under SSA Scheme [Paper].

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

30.3.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration the outcome of the review of the scope for DE under the CSSA Scheme [Paper].

The Panel discussed the Administration's proposed one-off measure in 2007-2008 to provide the recipients of CSSA and the SSA with additional social welfare assistance [Paper].

12.4.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel further discussed with the Administration the outcome of the review of DE arrangements under the CSSA Scheme [Paper].
20.4.07 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved the Administration's proposed one-off measure in 2007-2008 to provide one additional month of the standard rate of CSSA payment for CSSA recipients and one additional month of the allowance for SSA recipients. [Paper]
14.5.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel further discussed with the Administration the review of the system for processing applications for DA under SSA Scheme [Paper].
3.7.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration the findings of the evaluation study of the New Dawn (ND) Project for single parents and child carers on CSSA [Paper]. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.
27.7.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel further discussed with the Administration on the findings of the evaluation study of the ND Project for single parents and child carers on CSSA [Paper].
15.10.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2007-2008, the Panel noted the reviewing measures under the CSSA Scheme to encourage and help able-bodied CSSA recipients to become self-reliant. [Paper]
12.11.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of the SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and DA of the SSA Scheme from February 2008, and the plan to seek the approval of the FC for a supplementary provision for the CSSA and SSA Schemes in the light of the provision of one additional month of the CSSA standard payment rate for CSSA recipients and one additional month of the SSA payment for SSA recipients in 2007-2008. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

12.11.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration on the review of OAA under the SSA Scheme [Paper].
10.12.07 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel further discussed with the Administration on the review of OAA [Paper]. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.
14.4.08 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration the review of rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme [Paper]. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.
16.4.08 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Ting-kwong raised a question on "CSSA Fraud Cases". [Hansard "page 44"]
8.5.08 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel further discussed with the Administration the review of rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme [Paper].
15.7.08 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration on the actions being taken by the Social Welfare Department to prevent residential care homes for the elderly from embezzling the additional one-month CSSA payments of their residents [Paper].
23.10.08 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2008-2009, the Panel noted the review on OAA. [Paper]
29.10.08 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Kwok-kin raised a question on "Applications for CSSA by Elderly People". [Hansard "page 39"]
5.11.08 CM denoting Council Motion Hon Fred LI moved a motion on "OAA and universal retirement protection system" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 116"] [Progress report from the Administration]
10.11.08 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of the SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and the rates under the DA of the SSA Scheme from 1 February 2009, and the proposed increase in OAA under the SSA Scheme from January 2009. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

10.12.08 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Sophie LEUNG raised a question on "CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 79"]
17.12.08 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LAU Kong-wah raised a question on "Supporting Documents Required for Applications for OAA and CSSA". [Hansard "page 39"]
4.3.09 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Intensive Employment Assistance Projects". [Hansard "page 91"]
11.3.09 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Assistance Provided for Street Sleepers". [Hansard "page 98"]
20.5.09 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon PAN Pey-chyou raised a question on "Assistance to Ex-mentally Ill Persons". [Hansard "page 48"]
8.6.09 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposal to provide recipients of CSSA and SSA with an additional one-month payment. [Paper]
8.7.09 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Margaret NG raised a question on "Assistance for School Children in Using Computers and Accessing Internet". [Hansard "page 91"]
8.7.09 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Ronny TONG raised a question on "Elderly People Applying for CSSA". [Hansard "page 127"]
11.7.09
29.7.09
WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed with the Administration on the general public's perception of CSSA recipients [Paper]. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.

The Panel further discussed with the Administration at the meeting on 29 July 2009 [Paper].

22.10.09 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2009-2010, the Panel noted the review of the permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong ("absence limit") under the OAA scheme. [Paper]
28.10.09 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Review of Rent Allowance Under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 63"]
4.11.09 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Sing-chi raised a question on "Arrangements for Disregarded Earnings Under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 77"]
9.11.09 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the annual adjustment of payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and the SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

6.1.10 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on " Disbursement of CSSA Payments". [Hansard "page 141"]
12.4.10 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the proposal to provide recipients of CSSA and SSA, comprising OAA and DA with an additional one-month payment. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

14.5.10 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new non-recurrent commitment of $1900 million for the provision of an extra allowance to CSSA recipients equal to one month of the standard rate payments, and an extra allowance to OAA and DA recipients equal to one month of the allowances. [Paper]
7.7.10 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Kwok-hung raised a question on "Allowances Provided to Elderly and Other People in Need". [Hansard "page 95"]
20.10.10 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2010-2011, the Panel noted the relaxation of the absence limit under the SSA Scheme; and assistance given to CSSA recipients to help them to become self-reliant and integrate into the community. [Paper]
8.11.10 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the key findings of the review on the absence limit for OAA and the new arrangement proposed to be adopted. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

The Panel also discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of the SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and rates of allowances under the SSA Scheme as from February 2011. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

17.11.10 CM denoting Council Motion Hon Miriam LAU moved a motion on "Reviewing the Coverage of the Safety Net" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 128"] [Progress report from the Administration]
24.11.10 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Kwok-kin raised a question on "Permissible Limit of Absence from Hong Kong for OAA Recipients". [Hansard "page 36"]
17.12.10 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved an increase in (a) standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme; (b) the rates of allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme; and (c) the flat-rate grant for selected items of school-related expenses payable to full-time primary and secondary students under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

FC approved a relaxation of the annual permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong from 240 to 305 days, and a relaxation of the minimum residence period for entitlement to the above period from 90 to 60 days in a payment year under the Social Security Allowance Scheme. [Paper]

6.1.11 CM denoting Council Motion Hon WONG Sing-chi moved a motion on "Urging the Government to Take Measures for Ameliorating Inflation and Alleviating People's Livelihood Pressure" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 5"]
18.1.11 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the SSAIP used for adjusting standard payment rates, and the adjustment mechanism for rent allowance, under the CSSA Scheme. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Updated background brief]

Letter dated 10 January 2011 from Hon WONG Sing-chi regarding the rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme [Paper]

The Administration's response to Hon WONG Sing-chi's letter dated 10 January 2011 on rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme [Paper]

Letter dated 21 January 2011 from Hon WONG Sing-chi regarding further enquiries on rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme [Paper]

The Administration's response to Hon WONG Sing-chi's letter dated 21 January 2011 further enquiries on rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme [Paper]

2.3.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Paul CHAN raised a question on "Marriages Between Mainlanders and Hong Kong Residents". [Hansard "page 80"]
2.3.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Social Security Assistance Index of Prices". [Hansard "page 135"]
9.3.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Rent Allowance Under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 56"]
30.3.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Starry LEE raised a question on "Portable CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 99"]
30.3.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Ting-kwong raised a question on "Hong Kong People Returning from the Mainland to Settle in Hong Kong". [Hansard "page 115"]
30.3.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Alan LEONG raised a question on "Statistics on Elderly Receiving CSSA Payments and OAA". [Hansard "page 117"]
6.4.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Statistics on New Immigrants Receiving Welfare Benefits". [Hansard "page 89"]
13.4.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Starry LEE raised a question on "DA and OAA". [Hansard "page 16"]
9.5.11 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposals to -

(a)enhance the support for elders, persons with disabilities and persons in ill-health under the CSSA Scheme; and

(b)provide an extra allowance to CSSA recipients, equal to one month of the standard rate CSSA payments; and an extra allowance to OAA and DA recipients, equal to one month of the allowances. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

18.5.11 CM denoting Council Motion Hon WONG Yung-kan moved a motion on "Alleviating the Impact of Food Price Inflation on the Public" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 213"]
27.5.11 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a supplementary provision of $514 million for the implementation of a package of measures to enhance the support for the elderly, persons with disabilities and persons in ill-health under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme. [Paper]
8.6.11 CM denoting Council Motion Hon TAM Yiu-chung moved a motion on "Setting out a Five-year Plan for Elderly Services" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 243"] [Progress report from the Administration]
10.6.11 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new non-recurrent commitment of $1,941 million for the provision of an extra allowance to Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. [Paper]
29.6.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHAN Kin-por raised a question on "Measures to Tackle Problems of Unemployment and Job Mismatch". [Hansard "page 100"]
6.7.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon TAM Yiu-chung raised a question on "Social Work Officers Acting as Agents of Applicants for CSSA". [Hansard "page 115"]
21.10.11 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2011-2012, the Panel noted that the Administration would -

(a)introduce a "Residential Care Supplement" under the CSSA Scheme;

(b)make preparation for a new scheme for the provision of OAA to Hong Kong elders who choose to move to live in Guangdong;

(c)review various employment assistance programmes under the CSSA Scheme; and

(d)providing an extra allowance to CSSA, OAA and DA recipients. [Paper]


2.11.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHAN Hak-kan raised a question on "Provision of OAA for Eligible Elderly People who Take up Long-term Residence in Guangdong Province or Fujian Province". [Hansard "page 86"]
14.11.11 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the -

(a)latest position of the SSAIP and the Consumer Price Index ("CPI") rent index for private housing ; and the estimated corresponding adjustment to standard payment rates and maximum rates of the rent allowance ("MRA") under the CSSA Scheme, and rates of allowances under the SSA Scheme, as from 1 February 2012; and

(b)proposal to introduce a new Residential Care Supplement under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

16.12.11 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved an increase in standard payment rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and the rates of allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme with effect from 1 February 2012, and note the financial implication at $1,246 million in annual recurrent expenditure. [Paper]
16.12.11 FC denoting Finance Committee approved an increase in commitment by $100 million from $100 million to $200 million for the continuation and enhancement of the short-term food assistance service. [Paper]
14.12.11 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon LAM Tai-fai raised a question on "Public Transport Concessions". [Hansard "page 165"]
12.3.12 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel In the 2011-2012 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that the Administration would introduce a new Guangdong Scheme under the SSA Scheme to provide OAA for eligible Hong Kong elderly people who choose to reside in Guangdong.

The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the justifications for implementing the scheme in Guangdong and the Administration's proposal. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

12.4.12 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the proposal to integrate various employment assistance services under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

12.4.12 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposal to provide an extra payment to recipients of CSSA, OAA and DA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat on the subject. [Background brief]

1.6.12 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved -

(a)a new non-recurrent commitment of $1,900 million under Head 62 Housing Department Subhead 700 General non-recurrent for the provision of two months’ rent for tenants/licencees living in the rental units of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Hong Kong Housing Society;

(b)a new non-recurrent commitment of $2,079 million under Head 170 Social Welfare Department Subhead 700 General non-recurrent for the provision of an extra allowance to Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients equal to one month of the CSSA standard rates, and an extra allowance to OAA and DA recipients equal to one month of the allowances; and

(c)an increase in commitment by $4,500 million from $13,300 million to $17,800 million under Head 147 Government Secretariat : Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (The Treasury Branch) Subhead 700 General non-recurrent Item 881 for the provision of electricity charges subsidy for eligible residential households. [Paper]


4.7.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Kwok-kin raised a question on "Employment Assistance for Recipients of CSSA". [Hansard "page 89"]
17.10.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Review of Maximum Levels of Rent Allowance Under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 56"]
24.10.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Eligibility for CSSA of Students Receiving Loans Under Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students". [Hansard "page 78"]
12.11.12 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the annual adjustment of social security payment rates. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion on urging the Administration to consider a higher increment for MRA in the upcoming adjustment exercise, and review the methodology for compiling SSAIP in the long run. [Minutes "page 18"]

As requested by the Panel, the Administration provided information on the comparison of the CSSA maximum rent allowance and the rent paid by CSSA households. [Follow-up paper]

14.11.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Kwok-hung raised a question on "Retirement Protection Scheme". [Hansard "page 9"]
14.11.12 CM denoting Council Motion Hon CHAN Yuen-han moved a motion on "Alleviating Poverty" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 223"] [Progress report from the Administration]
10.12.12 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the the review of the implementation mechanism for DA. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

12.12.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Frankie YICK raised a question on "Unemployed Persons Receiving CSSA". [Hansard "page 120"]
14.12.12 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved an increase in the standard payment rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and the rates of allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme with effect from 1 February 2013, and noted the financial implication at $1,017 million in annual recurrent expenditure. [Paper]
21.1.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2013, the Panel noted that the preparations for Old Age Living Allowance ("OALA") and the Guangdong Scheme which were planned to be launched in 2013; and the continuous implementation of the integrated employment assistance service programmes under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]
23.1.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEE Cheuk-yan raised a question on "Recipients of Rent Allowance Under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 79"]
23.1.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Fernando CHEUNG raised a question on "DA". [Hansard "page 122"]
23.1.13 CM denoting Council Motion Hon James TIEN moved a motion on "Optimizing the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance for the Unemployed" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 332"] [Progress report from the Administration]
30.1.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Tommy CHEUNG raised a question on "Unemployed People Continuously Receiving Payments Under CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 6"]
30.1.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Ann CHIANG raised a question on "Unemployment Among Young People". [Hansard "page 39"]
25.2.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the review of DA under SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also discussed the Administration's paper on the review of the system for processing applications for DA under SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion on urging the Administration to overhaul and improve the eligibility criteria and system for applying for DA. [Minutes "page 13"]

27.3.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Yuk-man raised a question on "Assistance to Elderly People Waiting for Subsidized Residential Care Places". [Hansard "page 28"]
21.5.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposal to provide an extra payment to recipients of CSSA, OAA, OALA and DA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

21.5.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposal to launch a pilot scheme to further encourage CSSA recipients to take up employment. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion on urging the Administration to take steps to further encourage CSSA recipients to take up employment. [Minutes "page 18"]

5.6.13 CM denoting Council Motion Hon Starry LEE moved a motion on "Actively Promoting Family-friendly Policies" for debate in the Council. The motion was passed. [Hansard "page 145"]
7.6.13 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new non-recurrent commitment of $2,728 million under Head 170 Social Welfare Department Subhead 700 General non-recurrent for the provision of an extra payment to Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients equal to one month of the CSSA standard rates, and an extra payment to OAA, OALA and DA recipients equal to one month of the allowances. [Paper]
10.6.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the latest progress of the preparation for implementing the Guangdong Scheme under SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion on the extension of Guangdong Scheme. [Minutes "page 12"]

As requested by the Panel, the Administration provided response on the International Social Service Hong Kong Branch including its membership and past social services. [Follow-up paper]

10.6.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the latest support for street sleepers. [Paper] Deputations were invited to give views on the subject.

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion on the provision of support to and formulation of a policy on street sleepers. [Minutes "pages 17-18"]

8.7.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the development on the review of DA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

9.10.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Kwok-hung raised a question on "Rising Property Prices and Rents". [Hansard "page 123"]
11.11.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the annual adjustment of social security payment rates under the SSA and CSSA Schemes and issues relating to rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

As requested by the Panel, the Administration provided further information on actual rent payment by CSSA households living in private premises. [Follow-up paper]

4.12.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Christopher CHEUNG raised a question on "Welfare Benefits for Elderly People of Hong Kong Residing in Guangdong and Fujian Provinces". [Hansard "page 46"]
4.12.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Alan LEONG raised a question on "Regulation of Private Residential Care Homes for Elderly". [Hansard "page 65"]
9.12.13 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the revisions to the Medical Assessment Form for DA under the SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion on the revisions to the Medical Assessment Form for DA. [Minutes "pages 20-21"]

20.12.13 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approve an increase in standard payment rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and the rates of allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme and the financial implications of $1,385 million arising from the above. [Paper]
8.1.14 CQ denoting Council Question Hon James TIEN raised a question on "Residence Requirement for CSSA". [Hansard "page 70"]
22.1.14 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Priscilla LEUNG raised a question on "Impact of Shortening of Requirement of Residence in Hong Kong for CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 79"]
23.1.14 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2014, the Panel noted that the Administration would take steps to improve the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]
10.2.14 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel Letter dated 21 January 2014 from Hon TANG Ka-piu requesting the Administration to clarify the calculation method of CSSA payments, which had been disseminated through the Internet and mobile communication applications. [Letter] [Chinese version only]

Administration's response to Hon TANG Ka-piu's letter dated 21 January 2014 concerning the calculation method of CSSA payments. [Letter] [Chinese version only]

26.2.14 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Paul TSE raised a question on "Immigration Policy and CSSA for New Immigrants". [Hansard "page 99"]
10.3.14 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on programmes and initiatives relating to the purview of the Panel set out in the 2014-2015 Budget. [Paper]

As requested by the Panel, the Administration provided supplementary information on initiatives relating to the purview of the Panel set out in the 2014-2015 Budget. [Follow-up paper]

12.5.14 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the proposal to provide an extra payment to recipients of CSSA, OAA (including the Guangdong Scheme hereafter), OALA and DA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

11.7.14
12.7.14
FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved:
(a)a new commitment of $1,063 million for provision of one month's rent for tenants/licencees living in the public rental units of HKHA and the HKHS; and
(b)a new commitment of $2,674 million for extra allowance to recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, OAA, OALA and DA. [Paper]

29.10.14 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Gary FAN raised a question on "CSSA for Persons with less than Seven Years' Residence in Hong Kong". [Hansard "page 48"]
10.11.14 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to rates of allowances under the SSA Scheme and standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme; and the latest position of CPI (A) rent index for private housing and the estimated corresponding adjustment to MRA under the CSSA Scheme. The aforesaid new rates, subject to the FC's approval, would be effective from 1 February 2015. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

26.1.15 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2015, the Panel noted that the Administration would extend the Integrated Employment Assistance Programme for self-reliance and continue its work on reviewing DA. [Paper]
4.2.15 CQ denoting Council Question Hon TANG Ka-piu raised a question on "Statistics on CSSA Scheme". [Hansard "page 160"]
9.3.15 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the progress of the consultancy study commissioned by the Labour and Welfare Bureau on the practices outside Hong Kong on financial assistance for persons with disabilities. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the review of DA and system for processing relevant applications prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

Further to the meeting, the Administration provided further information on DA and its review. [Follow-up paper]

13.4.15 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the proposal to provide an extra payment for recipients of CSSA, OAA (including the Guangdong Scheme), OALA and DA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion urging the Administration to initiate a comprehensive review of the CSSA Scheme in the current financial year. [Minutes "pages 19 and 20"]

Further to the meeting, the Administration provided information on the –

(a)numbers of CSSA recipients who were paying a rent higher than MRA under the CSSA Scheme before and after the increase of MRA by 6.7% in February 2015 and the launch of the "Subsidy for CSSA recipients living in rented private housing" programme by the Community Care Fund respectively [Follow-up paper]; and

(b)residence requirements of the CSSA Scheme and OAA under the SSA Scheme. [Follow-up paper]

26.6.15 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved:

(a)a new non-recurrent commitment of $1,146 million for providing one month’s rent for lower income tenants living in the public rental units of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Hong Kong Housing Society; and

(b)a new non-recurrent commitment of $5,543 million for providing a one-off extra payment to recipients of –

(i)Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), equal to two months of the CSSA standard rates, and

(ii)Social Security Allowance, equal to two months of Old Age Allowance (including those payable under the Guangdong Scheme), OALA and Disability Allowance. [Paper]

9.11.15 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the latest position of SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to rates of allowances under the SSA Scheme and standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme; and the latest position of CPI (A) rent index for private housing and the estimated corresponding adjustment to MRA under the CSSA Scheme. The aforesaid new rates, subject to the FC's approval, would be effective from 1 February 2016. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

2.12.15 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-che raised a question on "Monies Received Under One-off Relief Measures by Recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Being Counted as Their Assets". [Hansard "page 28"]
25.1.16 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2016, the Panel noted that the Administration would continue to offer appropriate financial assistance to people in need through the CSSA Scheme and SSA Scheme and to strengthen the support for people or families with special needs. [Paper]
15.2.16 3.5.16 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the review of DA at the meeting on 15 February 2016. Deputations were invited to give views on the subject at the Panel special meeting on 3 May 2016. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel also noted the fact sheet on the disability assessment under social security in selected places prepared by the Research Office of Information Services Division of the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Fact sheet]

Letter dated 16 February 2016 from Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG Chiu-hung requesting the Administration to provide information on DA. [Letter]

The Administration's reply to Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG Chiu-hung's letter of 16 February 2016. [Administration's reply]

A paper providing the view of the Legal Service Division of the Legislative Council Secretariat on the interpretation of the expression "working in the original occupation and performing any other kind of work for which he/she is suited" in Part (II)(1) of the Checklist for Medical Assessment of Eligibility for Normal Disability Allowance for Disabilities other than Profound Deafness (Restricted to members only).

24.2.16 CQ denoting Council Question Hon KWOK Ka-ki raised a question on "Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines Relating to Social Welfare Facilities, Open Space and Recreation Facilities". [Hansard "page 59"]
11.4.16 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on its proposal to provide an extra payment for recipients of the CSSA Scheme, OAA (including the Guangdong Scheme), OALA and DA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed a motion requesting the Administration to provide, in the 2016-2017 Budget, social security recipients with an extra allowance, which was equal to two months of standard rate CSSA payments or of allowance payments under the SSA Scheme. [Minutes "page 17"]

22.4.16 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new non-recurrent commitment of $2,821 million for providing a one-off extra payment to recipients of :
(a)Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), equal to one month of the CSSA standard rates; and
(b)Social Security Allowance (SSA), equal to one month of Old Age Allowance (OAA) (including those payable under the Guangdong (GD) Scheme), Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) and Disability Allowance (DA).
[Paper]

14.11.16 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the annual adjustment of social security payment rates under the SSA and CSSA Schemes and issues relating to rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 14 November 2016, the Administration provided supplementary information on annual adjustment of social security payment rates under the SSA and CSSA Schemes and issues relating to rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme. [Follow-up paper]

30.11.16 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Chi-cheung raised a question on Hong Kong elderly people residing on the Mainland. [Hansard "page 96"]
16.12.16 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a 2.8% increase in standard payment rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and the rates of allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme with effect from 1 February 2017 ; and note the financial implications of an extra $1,031 million each year arising from the above. [Paper]
11.1.17 CQ denoting Council Question Hon SHIU Ka-chun raised a question on single parents concurrently receiving maintenance payments and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payments. [Hansard "page 115"]
8.2.17 CQ denoting Council Question Hon SHIU Ka-chun raised a question on issues relating to the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme. [Hansard "page 59"]
15.2.17 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon LAU Siu-lai raised a question on proposed policy to raise the eligible age for elderly Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. [Hansard "page 53"]
13.3.17 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's initiative to provide a one-off extra payment to recipients of social security payments, Low-income Working Family Allowance and Work Incentive Transport Subsidy. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

13.11.17 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the:

(a)the latest position of SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to rates of allowances under SSA Scheme and standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme starting from 1 February 2018; and

(b)the latest position of the CPI (A) rent index and the estimated corresponding adjustment to MRA under the CSSA Scheme starting from 1 February 2018 as well as relevant information on MRA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed three motions which, respectively, urged the Administration to shelve the proposal on raising the eligible age for elderly CSSA from 60 to 65; to conduct an overhaul of the CSSA system; as well as to immediately review the adjustment mechanism for rent allowance. [Minutes "page 10 to 12"]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 13 November 2017, the Administration provided its response in writing to the three carried motions before submitting the relevant funding proposal to the Finance Committee. [Follow-up paper]

10.1.18 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Priscilla LEUNG raised a question on provision of financial assistance for the elderly. [Hansard "page 19"]
24.1.18 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WU Chi-wai raised a question on subsidies for the elderly. [Hansard "page 137"]
12.2.18
19.3.18
WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the overall situation of the CSSA Scheme. [Paper] Deputations were also invited to express their views on the subject.

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 12 February 2018, the Administration provided information on the CSSA Scheme. [Follow-up paper]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 19 March 2018, the Administration provided:

(a)a response to the further views expressed by the deputations/individuals on review of the CSSA Scheme at the meeting; and

(b)an article on the compilation of SSAIP which was published in the November 2016 issue of the Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics. [Follow-up paper]


9.4.18 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the Administration's initiatives to provide one-off extra allowances to recipients of social security payments, Working Family Allowance and Work Incentive Transport Subsidy; and to provide a one-off grant to financially needy students. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 9 April 2018, the Administration provided information on the implementation arrangements for and the administrative costs incurred in the Caring and Sharing Scheme before the resumption of the Second Reading debate on the Appropriation Bill 2018. [Follow-up paper]

11.4.18 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Che-cheung raised a question on support for people aged between 60 and 64. [Hansard "page 97"]
2.5.18 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Che-cheung raised a question on cross-boundary portability arrangements for welfare benefits. [Hansard "page 48"]
13.6.18 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Che-cheung raised a question on the eligibility for receiving the Old Age Allowance. [Hansard "page 89"]
20.6.18 CM denoting Council Motion A motion moved by Hon LEUNG Che-cheung on cross-boundary elderly care was negatived. [Hansard "page 198"]
30.10.18 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2018, the Panel noted that the Administration would enhance the employment support for able-bodied CSSA recipients. [Paper]
12.11.18 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the:

(a)the latest position of SSAIP and the estimated corresponding adjustment to standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and rates of allowances under the SSA Scheme starting from 1 February 2019; and

(b)the latest position of the CPI (A) rent index for private housing and the estimated corresponding adjustment to MRA under the CSSA Scheme starting from 1 February 2019 as well as relevant information on MRA. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Updated background brief]

The Panel also noted the Statistical Highlights on the CSSA Scheme and rent allowance prepared by the Research Office of the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Statistical Highlights]

The Panel passed two motions which, respectively, urged the Administration to redefine the basic needs in a scientific way; immediately shelve the arrangement of raising the eligible age for elderly CSSA to 65; allow the elderly and persons with disabilities to apply for CSSA on an individual basis; relax the disregarded earnings arrangements; substantially increase the level of rent allowance; and resume the provision of grants for relocation, dental treatment and spectacles as well as the long-term supplement to able-bodied persons. [Minutes "page 10 to 12"]

14.11.18 CQ denoting Council Question Hon SHIU Ka-chun raised a question on impacts of participation in annuity and insurance schemes on the eligibility for social welfare and subsidized housing. [Hansard "page 106"]
9.1.19 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Che-cheung raised a question on receipt of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance by elderly persons and their residing in residential care homes for the elderly. [Hansard "page 69"]
16.1.19 CM denoting Council Motion A motion moved by Hon SHIU Ka-chun on reviewing the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme was passed. [Hansard "page 233"]

[Progress report from the Administration]

23.1.19 CM denoting Council Motion Hon SHIU Ka-chun raised a question on payments made by sheltered workshops to trainees. [Hansard "page 119"]
28.1.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel the relevant arrangements of adjusting the eligible age for elderly CSSA from 60 to 65 and the support provided for CSSA able-bodied adult recipients aged between 60 and 64. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed five motions which, respectively, urged the Administration to, inter alia, shelve the proposal of raising the eligible age for elderly CSSA from 60 to 65. [Minutes "page 10 to 13"]

Joint letter dated 4 January 2019 from Hon KWOK Wai-keung and Hon LUK Chung-hung requesting the Panel to discuss the impact of raising the eligible age for elderly CSSA from 60 to 65 on support services for CSSA recipients aged between 60 and 64 and on providers of such services. (Chinese version only) [Letter]

Letter dated 10 January 2019 from Hon LEUNG Che-cheung requesting the Panel to hold an urgent discussion of raising the eligible age for elderly CSSA from 60 to 65. (Chinese version only) [Letter]

Letter dated 11 January 2019 from Hon Andrew WAN Siu-kin requesting the Panel to discuss welfare of elderly persons aged between 60 and 64 as soon as possible. (Chinese version only) [Letter]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 28 January 2019, the Administration provided information on:

(a)the ratio of recipients of OAA to the total number of persons aged 70 or above before/after the implementation of OALA; and

(b)the estimated additional expenditure involved if the eligible age for OAA was lowered from 70 to 65. [Follow-up paper]

30.1.19 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG raised a question on raising the eligible age for elderly Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. [Hansard "page 42"]
30.1.19 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Mrs Regina IP raised a question on applications for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance from persons with less than seven years' residence in Hong Kong. [Hansard "page 82"]
11.2.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the payments under the CSSA Scheme, including supplements and special grants. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

The Panel passed two motions which, respectively, urged the Administration to revise the eligibility criteria for and the levels of some of the supplements and special grants under the CSSA Scheme; immediately review the mechanism for determining the rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme; and, conduct a study on the basic needs and re-determine the CSSA standard rates. [Minutes "page 16 to 18"]

Letter dated 1 February 2019 from Hon SHIU Ka-chun on review of supplements and special grants under the CSSA Scheme. (Chinese version only) [Letter]

Administration's response to Hon SHIU Ka-chun's letter on review of supplements and special grants under the CSSA Scheme. [Follow-up paper]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 11 February 2019, the Administration provided:

(a)a copy of the updated application form of the Support for Self-reliance Scheme;

(b)the number of CSSA households with members who had resided in Hong Kong for less than seven years from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018;

(c)the number of households who were originally not on but had applied for CSSA because of having additional members who had resided in Hong Kong for less than seven years from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018; and

(d)information on the cases which the Director of Social Welfare had exercised discretion in approving applications for special grants which did not meet the prescribed eligibility criteria. [Follow-up paper]

20.2.19 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Tommy CHEUNG raised a question on Support for Self-reliance Scheme. [Hansard "page 123"]
20.2.19 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LEUNG Che-cheung raised a question on owner-occupied residential properties owned by applicants for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance. [Hansard "page 136"]
27.2.19 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LUK Chung-hung raised a question on assisting persons aged between 60 and 64 in securing employment. [Hansard "page 44"]
11.3.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the two relocation allowances related to the Social Welfare Department, namely the Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance for Beneficiaries of the Community Housing Movement ("the Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance") and the domestic removal grant under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an information note on subject prepared by the LegCo Secretariat. [Information note]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 11 March 2019, the Administration provided:

(a)information on the status and outcome of the 30 outstanding applications for relocation allowance under the Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance;

(b)reasons for rejecting applications for relocation allowance under the Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance, if any; and

(c)reasons why the amounts of relocation allowance under the Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance and those under the programme entitled "Relocation Allowance for Residents of Illegal Domestic Premises in Industrial Buildings who Have to Move Out as a result of the Buildings Department's Enforcement Action" launched by CCF were more than the amount of domestic removal grant under the CSSA Scheme. [Follow-up paper]

15.4.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel of its initiatives to provide one-off extra allowances to recipients of social security payments, Working Family Allownace and Work Incentive Transport Subsidy; and to provide a one-off grant to financially needy students. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Updated background brief]

As requested by the Panel at the meeting on 15 April 2019, the Administration provided information on:

(a)the basis for setting the amount of one-off grant to each financially needy student at $2,500;

(b)the total expenditure incurred by the Administration if all students in Hong Kong were provided with the one-off grant of $2,500; and

(c)the number of households who were receiving half grant under the Student Financial Assistance Schemes administered by the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency and had a household income below the poverty line. [Follow-up paper]

29.5.19 CM denoting Council Motion A motion moved by Hon KWOK Wai-keung on supporting elderly persons aged between 60 and 64 on all fronts was passed. [Hansard "page 6"] [Progress report from the Administration]
10.6.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the arrangements and timetable of its review of measures to encourage employment under the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted a background brief on the subject prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat. [Background brief]

Letter dated 6 June 2019 from Hon SHIU Ka-chun on review of measures to encourage employment under the CSSA Scheme. (Chinese version only) [Letter]

Administration's response to Hon SHIU Ka-chun's letter on review of measures to encourage employment under the CSSA Scheme. [Follow-up paper]

1.11.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel At the meeting on the policy initiatives of the Labour and Welfare Bureau for 2019, the Panel noted that the Administration would enhance the CSSA Scheme. [Paper]
11.11.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the provision of one-off extra allowance to recipients of social security payments, Working Family Allowance and Individual-based Work Incentive Transport Subsidy. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on providing one-off extra allowance to recipients of social security payments, Working Family Allowance and Work Incentive Transport Subsidy. [Updated background brief]

11.11.19 WS denoting Welfare Services Panel The Administration briefed the Panel on the review of "pro-employment" measures and other improvement measures under the CSSA Scheme, and annual adjustment of social security payment rates under the CSSA Scheme and SSA Scheme. [Paper]

The Panel also noted an updated background brief on Review of pro-employment measures and other improvement measures under the CSSA Scheme, as well as annual adjustment of social security payment rates. [Updated background brief]

8.1.20 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Kwok-kin raised a question on Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme. [Hansard "page 151"]
6.5.20 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Fernando CHEUNG raised a question on assistance provided for the unemployed. [Hansard "page 37"]
27.5.20 CQ denoting Council Question Hon LUK Chung-hung raised a question on assistance provided for the unemployed. [Hansard "page 10"]
27.5.20 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Priscilla LEUNG raised a question on livelihood initiatives. [Hansard "page 48"]
17.6.20 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WU Chi-wai raised a question on "Comprehensive Social Security Assistance". [Hansard "page 117"]
21.10.20 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Vincent CHENG raised a question on assistance for the unemployed. [Hansard "page 116"]
11.11.20 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHAN Kin-por raised a question on cash values of insurance policies. [Hansard "page 67"]


-Subcommittee to study issues relating to the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and Social Security Allowance Schemes.
-Subcommittee on Review of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme


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