Against the backdrop of Korea's increasing poverty rate and widening income disparity, the government unveiled its three-year welfare plan on Thursday.
"The key of this plan is not about simply expanding government spending on welfare, but rather it's a paradigm shift that puts those so far neglected by the government at the center of our policies."
Under the plan, the number of people who receive the basic living allowance from the government will increase from the current 1.six million people to over 2.five million people by 2020, nearly five percent of the nation's population.
This jump of about 55 percent in the number of recipients, is due to government plans to ease some of excessive requirements needed to receive the allowance.
With the measure,.. the government expects the number of marginalized people, who are not protected or supported under the current welfare system, to fall to some 330-thousand people, from the current nearly a million people.
In addition to these measures to financially support marginalized households, the government is strengthening the nation's medical security, housing allowances and educational support for low income brackets.
To help low-income groups afford medical treatment, the government has lightened the financial burdens of healthcare for children and senior patients, especially in cases of hospitalization of patients under the age of 15, seniors' dental care, and care for dementia patients.
The government also plans to actively help socially vulnerable groups be economically active, by helping create 57-thousand new jobs, and giving further financial benefits to young people from low income brackets to support them in their search for stable employment.
By 2020, when these three-year national plans are scheduled to be completed, the government aims to draw up a new set of three-year plans, to complement the current measures.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.