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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 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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