Orphan subsidies raised throughout China

16:43, July 26, 2011      

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According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, China's central government recently raised the standard of orphan subsidies. The total sum of the subsidies is 2.5 billion yuan and about 655,000 orphans will benefit from it.

National Situation:Growth subsidies based per capita income, CPI

Xu Jianzhong, the director of the social welfare and the philanthropy promotion department, said that the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Finance had a conference about raising the standard of orphan subsidies in the first half year of 2011. The growth of the subsidies is based on per capita disposable income and the CPI last year.

The provincial governments have also raised the standard of orphan subsidies as the same time. For example, Shaanxi Province has raised the minimum standard from 600 yuan a month each in 2010 to 800 now.

Xu also said that the number of the orphans in China has decreased from 712,000 in 2008 to 655,000 by the end of 2010.

Beijing's Situation:Living expenses for orphans reach max 1,600 yuan per month

On May 10, the Civil Affairs Bureau and the Municipal Finance Bureau of Beijing jointly issued a notice about paying the living expenses for orphans. According to the standard, orphans in Beijing can have a maximum 1,600 yuan per month.

The standard of the subsidy is only for the orphans who are living in Beijing and are less than 18 years old.

Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau requires that the 1,600 yuan in living expenses includes meals, education, clothes, basic medical expenses and some other necessary expenses.

By People's Daily Online

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