Traffic accident victims or their families who were impoverished by this ordeal will receive more social assistance funds, according to draft regulations on social assistance fund management recently released by the Shenzhen Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau on its official website.
The draft regulations, which are now seeking public suggestions, will amend the existing regulation stating that “the assistance standard should not be more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,554)” into “the standard should be no more than 36 times of the minimum monthly salary of on-duty employees in the previous year,” which is around 80,000 yuan. If the draft regulations take effect, applicants will get assistance funds seven times more than the stipulated amount in the present regulation.
The existing regulations, which took effect in April 1, 2008, couldn’t effectively help victims in need due to small payment amounts, restrictive requirements and complicated approval procedures. Prominent problems which accumulated during the fund’s operation in the past decade have hindered its role supporting those in distress and assisting those in poverty.
In order to effectively solve these problems, the draft regulations stipulate that pre-hospital aid expenses should be included in the scope of rescue expenses, while keeping payments for funeral expenses. The fund will provide up to 30 days’ advance payment for treatment. In special situations, the fund management committee can decide to extend the advance payment duration.
Victims or their families can apply for social assistance funds when the vehicle driver has run away and has not been caught in three months. Those victims or families impoverished by this circumstance can apply with certificates showing their low-income status issued by the county-level civil affairs bureau or the victim’s injury or death certificate. The draft also stipulates that those who defraud the fund and refuse to pay the money back will have their personal credit system affected negatively.