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China to coordinate living assistance efforts at county level

Updated: Feb 7,2017 7:42 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China is going to set up county-level coordination for ensuring basic living standards for people in difficulties, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Feb 7.

A circular issued by the State Council has called for various authorities at county level, including civil affairs, reform, finance, social security, housing and health agencies, to work together to address the needs of people living in difficulties.

Such groups include those in poverty, the disabled, left-behind children, orphans and the homeless.

“Local civil affairs authorities should create measures to adapt to local conditions, and enhance efforts for guaranteeing basic livelihoods for people in difficulties,” said Minister of Civil Affairs Huang Shuxian in a video conference on Feb 7.

China has about 45 million people living in poverty, 85 million people with disabilities, and 9.02 million left-behind children.