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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Welfare cases dip 0.4%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 221,481 in June, down 0.4% from May, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 1.4% to 2,337 cases, while old age cases were down 0.5% to 126,786. Single parent cases dipped 0.2% to 24,834, while permanent disability cases slightly decreased by 0.1% to 17,478 cases.   Unemployment cases fell by 1.1% to 19,461 cases. The figure is an increase of 54.6% compared with January 2020 when Hong Kong just started to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.   The average number of applications for unemployment cases in April to June was 651 per month, down 15.8% from the March to May number or a decrease of 75.4% from the April to June 2020 figure.   Ill-health cases rose 0.5% to 26,580.
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