China News Service, Beijing, July 28. The Ministry of Civil Affairs of China recently issued the "Measures for the Verification and Confirmation of Minimum Living Security" (hereinafter referred to as the "Measures"), which deleted the concepts of urban and rural subsistence allowances, and all relevant regulations no longer distinguish between urban and rural areas. , The unified standard is the "minimum living guarantee".

  At a press conference held on the 28th, Zhang Zaigang, deputy director of the Department of Social Assistance of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, stated that the "Measures" centered on the goal of securing the bottom line of basic people’s livelihood security, and moderately expanded the scope of the minimum living standard. The assurance review and confirmation process has been optimized and improved.

  He introduced that the "Measures" clarified that severely ill and severely disabled persons in marginal households can apply for the subsistence allowance separately; the concepts related to the urban and rural subsistence allowances are deleted, and all regulations no longer distinguish between urban and rural areas, and the unified standard is " Minimum Living Guarantee".

  At the same time, it has further simplified and optimized the minimum living security review and confirmation process, and strengthened supervision and inspection, and urged the basic-level subsistence staff to perform their duties in accordance with regulations and improve the credibility of the subsistence allowance system.

  Zhang Zaigang said that after the implementation of the "Measures", it will be more conducive to the standardization of subsistence allowances, and it will be conducive to the needy groups to safeguard their basic rights in life.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs will guide all localities to earnestly implement the "Measures", and include those in difficulties who meet the conditions into the scope of the subsistence allowance without fail, to ensure that "should be rescued."

  The reporter learned from the press conference that day that as of the end of June 2021, China had 43.111 million people living in urban and rural areas (7.731 million in urban areas and 35.38 million in rural areas).

The national average urban minimum living standard has reached 694 yuan per person per month (RMB, the same below), and the rural minimum living standard has reached 6150 yuan per person per year, an increase of 6.4% and 8.4% respectively over the same period of the previous year.

A total of 91.58 billion yuan has been spent on subsistence allowances from January to June 2021.