Title

Does China's public assistance scheme welfare dependency? An assessment of the welfare of the urban minimum living standard guarantee

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Social Work

Publication Date

9-20-2017

Volume

Advance online publication

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Keywords

Costs of basic needs, global absolute standards, minimum living standard, poverty, welfare dependency

Abstract

This study examines the myth of whether China’s public assistance scheme is creating welfare dependency. It first analyses the benefit levels of the Urban Minimum Living Standard Guarantee (UMLSG) according to the international poverty measurements. Then it employs in-depth interviews to reveal the life experiences of 15 UMLSG beneficiaries and the views of 8 welfare officials in Guangzhou city. It concludes that the UMLSG assistance is actually too low to reduce the work motivation of beneficiaries. Instead, supplementary welfare associated with the UMLSG contributes to the staying of beneficiaries, to facilitate access to basic housing, health and educational services.

DOI

10.1177/0020872817731142

Print ISSN

00208728

E-ISSN

14617234

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2017 Sage Publications Ltd. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Lei, J., & Chan, C. K. (2017). Does China's public assistance scheme welfare dependency? An assessment of the welfare of the Urban Minimum Living Standard Guarantee. International Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0020872817731142

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