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Parents who lost only child receive greater support

By Li Yao  (China Daily)

09:33, November 28, 2012

Cities across China are providing greater financial aid to senior citizens who have lost their only child.

Demographers estimate there are 10 million households that lost their only child in China.

According to a draft regulation by Futian district government in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, parents aged 49 or older whose offspring have died, will be entitled to 750 yuan ($120) a month.

People will not be eligible if they gave birth to, or adopted, another child.

The district solicited public opinion on the draft from Nov 23 to 26.

When the policy comes into effect on Jan 1, the health and population and family planning bureaus of Futian district will oversee the funds.

Since Oct 1, Shaanxi province has given one-off 20,000 yuan to each rural family that has lost the only child and 30,000 yuan to each urban family. In addition, the monthly allowance per person has been raised from 140 to 800 yuan in rural areas and 1,000 yuan in urban areas.

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