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Welfare cases dip 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped by 459 cases to 199,941 in January, down 0.2% from December last year, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients was 273,349.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month reduction of 0.8% to 1,568. Unemployment cases fell 0.6% to 17,075.   Single parent cases dropped 0.5% to 20,385. Old age cases dipped 0.3% to 112,032.   Meanwhile, ill-health cases increased 0.3% to 27,817, and permanent disability cases remained steady at 17,164. http://dlvr.it/T32R7Z

96k private flats forecast

The projected private flat supply for the next three to four years is 96,000 units, 3,000 more than the previous estimate.   The Transport & Housing Bureau today said there were 12,000 unsold units in completed projects at the end of June.   There were 57,000 units under construction, excluding those pre-sold by developers, and 27,000 units from disposed sites where construction can start any time.   The number of flats under construction in the second quarter was 4,300, while the number of units completed for the period was 6,700.
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