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Am I still eligible to apply for CSSA if I have a job? If I am a CSSA recipient, will the amount of assistance be affected if I find a new job with income?

Social Welfare Department

Which group do you belong to?

  • Non CSSA recipient 
    • To be eligible for CSSA assistance, an applicant and his /her family must satisfy the residence requirement and pass the income and assets tests.  In addition, their total assessable monthly household income must be insufficient to meet their total monthly needs as recognized under the Scheme.

    • Because of the complexity in the calculation of the amount of assistance, please contact the social security field unit of your district for details.


  • CSSA recipient 
    • In order to encourage CSSA recipient to find jobs and continue working, Social Welfare Department (SWD) has the arrangement of ‘disregarded earnings’ (DE).  DE refers to the earnings from employment that are disregarded when assessing the amount of assistance payable to a CSSA recipient.     

    • All categories of recipients in cases which have been on CSSA for not less than two months are eligible for DE benefits.

    • Therefore, the total monthly family income (i.e. earnings from employment plus CSSA) of CSSA recipients with employment is always higher than that of those relying entirely on CSSA.  

The provision of ‘disregarded earnings’ (DE)

1. Total disregard of the first month’s income from a new job
The first month’s income earned from a new job can be totally disregarded (on condition that the recipient has not benefited from this provision during the past two years).

2. Monthly DE
Monthly earnings from employment can be partially disregarded up to a maximum of $2,500 per month, calculated as follows :

Monthly earningsLevel of DEDeduction in the amount of CSSA assistance
$800 or below100%$0
$801 to $4,200100% for the first $800 and half of the remaining earnings(Monthly earnings-$800)÷2
$4,200 or aboveStandardize as $2,500Monthly earnings-$2,500


Note: Recipient must satisfy the residence requirement and pass both the income and assets tests in order to receive assistance. The actual amount of assistance received depends on the decision of SWD. 

 

To be eligible for CSSA assistance, an applicant and his /her family must satisfy the residence requirement and pass the income and assets tests.  In addition, their total assessable monthly household income must be insufficient to meet their total monthly needs as recognized under the Scheme.

Because of the complexity in the calculation of the amount of assistance, please contact the social security field unit of your district for details.

 

In order to encourage CSSA recipient to find jobs and continue working, Social Welfare Department (SWD) has the arrangement of ‘disregarded earnings’ (DE).  DE refers to the earnings from employment that are disregarded when assessing the amount of assistance payable to a CSSA recipient.     

All categories of recipients in cases which have been on CSSA for not less than two months are eligible for DE benefits.

Therefore, the total monthly family income (i.e. earnings from employment plus CSSA) of CSSA recipients with employment is always higher than that of those relying entirely on CSSA.  

 

The provision of ‘disregarded earnings’ (DE)

1. Total disregard of the first month’s income from a new job

The first month’s income earned from a new job can be totally disregarded (on condition that the recipient has not benefited from this provision during the past two years).

2.Monthly DE

Monthly earnings from employment can be partially disregarded up to a maximum of $2,500 per month, calculated as follows :

Monthly earningsLevel of DEDeduction in the amount of CSSA assistance
$800 or below100%$0
$801 to $4,200100% for the first $800 and half of the remaining earnings(Monthly earnings-$800)÷2
$4,200 or aboveStandardize as $2,500Monthly earnings-$2,500

Note: Recipient must satisfy the residence requirement and pass both the income and assets tests in order to receive assistance. The actual amount of assistance received depends on the decision of SWD.  

 

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Last update: 3 Sep 2019
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