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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

Extra allowance disbursement starts

The Government today announced that recipients of social security payments and Working Family Allowance (WFA) will receive a one-off extra allowance from today.   As proposed in the 2022-23 Budget, the one-off extra allowance is equal to a half-month of the standard rate of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payments, Old Age Allowance, Old Age Living Allowance or Disability Allowance.   Recipients who were eligible for social security payments on May 4 and those whose approved WFA applications were made between November 1, 2021 and May 4 will be eligible for the one-off extra allowance.   It is estimated that about 1.48 million social security recipients and 72,000 WFA households will benefit from the arrangements, involving a total of over $2.5 billion.   The payment will be credited to the designated Hong Kong bank accounts of the eligible households and recipients and no separate application is necessary.   Recipients of social security payments may call 2343 2255 or contact the respective Social Security Field Unit for enquiries.   As for enquiries on the WFA Scheme, call 2558 3000 or visit its website.
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