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2011-12-05
Institutionalized Adjustment of Social Welfare Benefits Marks Progress of Social Welfare System, Interior Ministry Says More Than 2 Million People Will be Benefited

President Ma Ying-jeou announced today afternoon the institutionalized adjustment of

old farmer subsidy and various social welfare benefits, and Minister of the Interior

Jiang Yi-huah noted that the Ministry has decided to increase social welfare benefits

and pension payments by NT$74-NT$746 respectively beginning in 2012 by referring

to the 5.27% CPI growth over the past four years. And some 2.186 million people

will be benefited by the estimated NT$4.3 billion increase in the social welfare budget

in 2012. Minister Jiang stressed that in line with the Executive Yuan policy the

Ministry will also establish the mechanism of regularly adjusting social welfare

benefits according to CPI every four years, so that the quality of life for the

disadvantaged will not be affected by price fluctuations.

The minister said although some legislators and social welfare groups suggested

simultaneously increasing various other subsidies when discussing the adjustment of

old farmer subsidy, but the treasury will increase annual expenditures by more than

NT$20 billion if all social welfare benefits are increased by NT$1,000, putting the

country under heavy financial burden. He is convinced that President Ma’s

announcement to adjust various social welfare benefits and pension payments

according to CPI every four years has not only taken into consideration the impact of

price fluctuations on the lives of the disadvantaged, but also avoided the

bargain-styled election culture by adjusting various welfare subsidies according to

institutionalized formula, marking the progress of Taiwan’s social welfare system.

Minister Jiang pointed out that the Ministry is in charge of a large number of social

welfare assistance programs which benefit many people, including 276,000 receiving

various low-income household living allowances, 343,000 receiving disability living

allowances, 119,000 receiving living allowance for the middle-to-low-income

elders, 116,000 receiving living support for children and youth in

middle-to-low-income households, 861,000 receiving basic pension payments

guaranteed by national insurance, 23,000 receiving basic guaranteed disability

pension, 376,000 receiving pension for elders, 4,500 receiving disability pension, and

40,000 receiving survivor pension. Plus 28,000 receiving Aboriginal payments, a total

of some 2.186 million people are receiving various social welfare benefits.

To calculate based on the 5.27% accumulated CPI growth over the past four years

(2007-2011), the Ministry of the Interior estimated that it will increase social welfare

budget by some NT$4.3 billion for various subsidies and pension payments to be

increased by NT$74-NT$746 starting in 2012. As to the revision of National Pension

Act because of the adjustment of social welfare benefits, the Ministry of the Interior

will send the draft amendments to the Executive Yuan for discussion as soon as

possible.

Minister Jiang said to avoid the daily living of the disadvantaged receiving subsidies

to be adversely affected by inflation, the Ministry will also establish the system of

adjusting various living subsidies and pension payments according to CPI every four

years, so as to continue taking care of the basic living of the disadvantaged reasonably

and properly.


 
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