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A total of 470,000 applications were received. Among those, 350,000 applicants have been granted the subsidies.

The Hong Kong government has completed the processing of all applications under the Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme. Among the 470,000 applications received, up to 350,000 applicants have been granted the subsidies, which far exceeds the original estimate of 300,000 beneficiaries. Total subsidies granted amount to HK$3.5bn.

Of the 30,690 requests received by the deadline, some 27,500 applications were granted subsidies after review, and the decision to reject was upheld for about 3,190 applications. The results of the final review have been notified to the applicants concerned.

Among some 120,000 applications that have not been approved, including those that have been reviewed, the reasons for rejection include the application information being unable to prove the eligibility of the applicant, such as no proof of unemployment or suspension of work; the supplementary information provided contradicting the information on the application form or Mandatory Provident Fund records, etc. The number of cases rejected for these reasons account for 10.2% of all applications.

The Government will demand an applicant to return the subsidy if he/she, after being granted the subsidy, is found to be ineligible, or found to have breached any other terms and conditions of the scheme, including making misrepresentations on his/her employment status or income level. 

Meanwhile, the hotline and email have ceased to operate. Applicants who have submitted the application may log into the system via the official website to check their application status.


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