It also said around 3,200 cheques issued under the scheme remained uncollected, calling on registrants to collect them.
The Cash Payout Scheme announced in the 2020-21 Budget has been operating smoothly since registration commenced on June 21 last year, according to a government spokesperson.
“As at November 23 this year, the Scheme had disbursed HK$10,000 each to more than 6.5 million eligible registrants,” said the spokesman.
Registration for the Scheme will end on December 31 this year. Persons who meet the eligibility criteria but have not yet registered should submit registrations electronically or by paper form on or before the registration deadline to receive the cash payout.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson said registrants who chose to receive the payout by cheque should collect the order cheque in person from the post office they specified during the period set out in the notification as soon as possible.
The spokesman added that as at November 23, about 3 200 cheques remained uncollected, of which around 900 cheques will expire within this year.
“The cheques issued under the Scheme will be valid for six months. If a registrant fails to collect the cheque within six months from its issue date, the cheque will become stale and a new cheque (re-issued cheque) will be issued automatically and be available for collection at the same post office.”
“If the registrant still fails to collect the re-issued cheque within six months from its issue date, or despite having collected it, fails to cash it or deposit it with a bank before it becomes stale, the registrant will be deemed to have forfeited the payment,” said the spokesperson.
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