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Budget Speech

Issuing Consumption Vouchers

37. The Government implemented two rounds of consumption voucher scheme in the past two years, under which electronic consumption vouchers of $5,000 and $10,000 were disbursed respectively to over six million eligible residents.  The initiatives were well received by the community.

38. Having regard to the current economic situation, people's livelihood and the Government's financial position, I will issue electronic consumption vouchers again this year with a total value of $5,000 to each eligible Hong Kong permanent resident and new arrival aged 18 or above in two instalments.

39. To facilitate early disbursement of consumption vouchers, the Government will first disburse consumption vouchers valued at $3,000 in April this year using the registration data of last year's scheme.  The remaining vouchers will be disbursed together with the vouchers for the new eligible persons in the middle of the year.  In line with the arrangement for last year's scheme, eligible persons who have come to live in Hong Kong through different admission schemes or to study in Hong Kong will receive vouchers in half value, i.e. $2,500 in total.  We will announce the details as soon as possible.



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