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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

HK strikes games gold

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui today congratulated swimmers Wong Hon-yin and Cheong Sui-kei for winning Hong Kong’s first two gold medals at the 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities & the Eighth National Special Olympic Games.   Mr Wong and Ms Cheong topped the swimmers in the Men’s and Women's S14 200m Freestyle events.   Mr Tsui said: "Wong Hon-yin and Cheong Sui-kei performed extremely well in the competitions and broke the national record. I am so proud of them."   He also wished the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region delegation every success in the upcoming competitions.
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