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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 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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