Beijing expands social welfare services

14:26, December 22, 2010      

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Social welfare services in Beijing were improved significantly and coverage was expanded from special groups to all sections of society during the last five years, said Li Xinjing, the spokesman of the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau.

Li spoke during a press conference on Tuesday about the development of civil affairs in Beijing during the 11th Five-Year Plan.

Li also said that with the development of social welfare, more people will benefit than just the special groups, such as low-income families and people with disabilities.

The minimum living standard, special care allowance standard and compulsory servicemen's allowance standard have all been improved. Years ago social services only covered basic living expenses but now include medicine, education and housing.

By Wang Qianyuanxue, People's Daily Online
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