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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

16 DC oaths confirmed invalid

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui determined that oaths taken by 16 District Council members on October 8 were invalid.   The oath-taking ceremony covered members of the Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Kwai Tsing and the Islands district councils. Of the 68 members who took oaths, Mr Tsui as the oath administrator confirmed that 51 were valid.   For the remaining 17 members whose oaths were in question, one member tendered her resignation on October 11 and Mr Tsui confirmed today that the other 16 members' oaths taken were invalid after considering their replies and all relevant information.   The decision is based on the principles laid down in the Interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law by the National People's Congress Standing Committee and the relevant legal provisions.
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