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CE hosts seminar on ‘two sessions’

Chief Executive John Lee today held a seminar on learning the spirit of the "two sessions" - the second session of the 14th National People's Congress and the second session of the 14th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee.   The seminar was aimed at enabling the participants to have a deeper understanding of the essence of the "two sessions" and its significance to Hong Kong's development.   Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Director Zheng Yanxiong shared his views at the seminar.   Mr Zheng pointed out that the Hong Kong SAR has to grasp the spirit of the "two sessions" focusing on seven aspects - the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping; the significant achievements of the country on all fronts over the past year; the determination and confidence in national economic and social development; the tenet that high-quality d

Welfare cases down 0.3%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 220,258 in August, down 0.3% from July, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 315,512.   Both low-earnings and single parent cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 0.7% to 2,297 and 24,636 cases. Old age cases were down 0.4% to 125,764. Unemployment cases decreased 0.6% to 19,245, an increase of 52.9% compared with January 2020 when Hong Kong just started to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.   The average number of applications for unemployment cases in June to August 2021 was 544 per month, down 7% from the May to July number. Ill-health cases rose 0.6% to 26,765, while permanent disability cases increased 0.1% to 17,520.
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