The Labour and Welfare Bureau recently wrote on a dedicated page on social media platforms that the Social Welfare Department has invited all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating elderly centres in Hong Kong to provide members with measures to facilitate voting on the polling day, and the Department will provide a one-off subsidy of $2,<> to each participating elderly centre.


According to SWD's latest reply, as at 12 December, about 4 of the 215 elderly centres in Hong Kong, 180.83% had submitted applications, and the SWD has also issued guidelines to the participating NGOs, reminding them that any facilitation measures must comply with the relevant electoral legislation and the Election Committee's guidelines on activities in relation to the election.


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SWD will provide a subsidy of $2,<> to each participating elderly centre

According to an earlier post posted by the LWB on its dedicated page on social media platforms, SWD has issued a letter to the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating 215 elderly centres in Hong Kong, including District Elderly Community Centres, Neighbourhood Elderly Centres and Elderly Activity Centres, inviting them to provide members with appropriate convenient voting measures on the polling day of the District Council Election, such as arranging transportation and manpower to transport members and their carers in need to and from polling stations. SWD will provide a one-off subsidy of $2,<> to each participating elderly centre.

According to SWD's latest reply, as of 12 December, about 4 of the 215 elderly centres in Hong Kong had submitted applications, accounting for about 180.83% of the total, a slight increase from the more than 7 announced earlier. SWD added that the NGOs concerned have conducted publicity campaigns in the elderly centres they operate, regardless of whether an application has been made or not, to encourage the elderly to vote on the District Council election day.

Unspent funding needs to be allocated to the lump sum grant

SWD has also indicated that guidelines have been issued to participating NGOs reminding them to comply with the relevant electoral legislation and the Election Committee's guidelines on activities in relation to the election when providing any facilitation measures.

As for the one-off subsidy of $2,<>, SWD pointed out that if the organisation does not use it in full, the surplus should be allocated to the lump sum for the elderly centre to hold other elderly services in accordance with the relevant Allowance and Service Agreement in the future.

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