Welfare cases down 0.6%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped by 1,283 cases to 201,977 in September, down 0.6% from August, the Social Welfare Department announced today.


The total number of recipients was 276,591.


Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 2.2% to 1,658. Unemployment cases dipped 0.9% to 17,473.


Single parent cases dropped 1.5% to 21,126, while old age cases declined 0.5% to 112,996. Permanent disability cases dropped 0.3%, to 17,204.


Meanwhile, ill-health cases decreased slightly, by 0.2%, to 27,583.

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