Travel perk for local maids
More locals, who have been retrained as maids, will be able to claim travel subsidies from today.
The government's local domestic helpers' retraining programme previously offered a daily flat rate of $50 as an allowance to graduates only if they travelled across the harbour to work. Under the new rules, they can claim the allowance if they travel to a district not immediately adjacent to where they live.
The retraining scheme helps match families who do not want to hire full-time foreign maids with locals who do not have to live in.
Economic Development and Labour permanent secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung estimated 6,000 more retrained local maids - in addition to 8,000 already qualified - could apply for the allowance under the relaxed rules.
A local maid can apply for a travel allowance up to a maximum of $7,200 a month. In July, the Legislative Council approved $60 million for the retraining scheme.