The Assistance Scheme aims to provide financial assistance to hawkers in the 43 fixed-pitch hawker areas for stall reconstruction and relocation in order to expedite the forward movement of the work in reducing fire risks. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (“FEHD”) implements a five-year “Assistance Scheme for Hawkers in Fixed-pitch Hawker Areas” (“the Assistance Scheme”) which is launched on 3 June 2013 until 2 June 2018.
The Assistance Scheme
The Assistance Scheme will be implemented with the following features -
hawkers who are not required to relocate their stalls under (a) may apply for a one-off in-situ reconstruction grant
to carry out partial or full reconstruction of their stalls in-situ for reducing fire risks; and
an Ex-gratia Payment
(“EGP”) will be paid to hawkers (except those whose licences are newly issued pursuant to the hawker licensing policy review in 2008-09) who opt for voluntary surrender of their hawker licences to the Government.
Situation of hawker areas
In the hawker areas, there are currently around 4 300 fixed-pitch hawker stalls. Of these, around 2 600 are “cabinet-type” stalls, whilst the remaining 1 700 are “Hawker Permitted Place” (“HPP”) stalls. Some 550 stalls of the 4 300 stalls are located directly in front of staircase discharge points of buildings or obstructing emergency vehicular access and/or operation of aerial ladders, thus posing higher fire risks and are needed to be relocated.
References: LegCo Papers (No.: CB(2)572/12-13(03) and FCR(2012-13)77)