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
Sage Publications Ltd.
Costs of basic needs, global absolute standards, minimum living standard, poverty, welfare dependency
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.
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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