In early August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued the “2016 statistical bulletin on social service development” (hereinafter referred to as “bulletin”). The bulletin shows that by the end of 2016 the total number of social organizations reached 702,000, an increase of 6% over the previous year. The number of employees in this field had also risen to 7.637 million people. In 2016, including social organizations, social donations were 82.7 billion Yuan. Besides, 288,000 social workers have been contributing to the public welfare sector.
Among these 702,000 social organizations, 361,000 are private non-enterprise units, and 336 of them are social groups. The number of foundations is 5559 in total, and this figure has enjoyed the fastest rate of increase, 16.2%.
The number of charitable donations in 2016 was 82.7 billion yuan, showing an increase of 26.4% over the previous year.
In the field of elderly services, the bulletin shows that 230.86 million people are aged 60 and above, accounting for 16.7% of the total population. The number of people aged above 65 is 150.3 million, or 10.8% of the total population.
In the fiels of social relief and aid, as of the end of 2016, there are 8.553 million households and 14.802 million people under the urban minimum subsistence allowance system. The fiscal expenditure at all levels was 68.79 million yuan in 2016, and the average standard of urban subsistence allowances in China was 494.6 yuan per person per month, an increase of 9.6% from the previous year.