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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Welfare cases down 0.3%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 223,792 in March, down 0.3% from February, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 319,191.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 2.2% to 2,422 cases, while old age cases were down 0.7% to 128,863.   Unemployment cases rose 0.4% on a monthly basis to 19,810 cases. The figure is also an increase of 57.4% 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 January to March was 856 per month, representing a reduction of 3.3% from the number between December 2020 and February, or a decrease of 15.1% from that between January and March.   Ill-health cases increased 0.2% to 26,289. Both permanent disability cases and single parent cases were up 0.1% to 17,502 and 24,826.
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