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Promoting Employment, Moving towards Self-reliance

47.       The core principle of our poverty-alleviation policy is to help the disadvantaged move from welfare to self-reliance through promoting employment.  In fostering economic development, we must also address the needs of our workers who are unable to adapt to economic restructuring.  We will do so by providing them with employment assistance and retraining opportunities, so as to help them achieve self-reliance and improve their livelihood, with a view to building a harmonious society.


48.       The Government has accepted the Commission's recommendation to introduce a one-year pilot Transport Support Scheme in the middle of this year, to encourage unemployed and low-income people in financial difficulties who live in remote areas to seek jobs and work across districts.  It is estimated that this scheme will incur expenditure of about $300 million.  To enhance youth employability, we will also provide a transport allowance for participants in the Youth Pre-Employment Training Programme and the Youth Work Experience and Training Programme.


49.       As for CSSA recipients at work, I will raise the "no-deduction" limit for disregarded earnings from $600 to $800 and relax the criteria for allowing CSSA recipients to be eligible for disregarded earnings from not less than three months on CSSA to not less than two months.  We estimate the cost of this initiative to be about $30 million a year.


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