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  • Seoul Pushes Forward “Ten Welfare and Safety Measures”

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will spend 194.1 billion won through the Seoul Metropolitan Council and 25 autonomous districts to push forward the “Ten Welfare and Safety Measures.”

    Economy / job area

    First, Seoul will provide 12,000 emergency livelihood public jobs, including public employment, new-deal jobs, and college student part-time jobs. These jobs will primarily be given to low-income citizens who are expected to suffer the greatest damage during the recession from January to February 2017. By February 2017, a total of 5,613 people will be provided with public work jobs, and the start of the project will be put forward from February to January, thus resolving economic difficulties of low-income families.

    Second, Seoul will provide 2% of its emergency fund for the small-scale self-employed, twice the amount of last year, totaling 60 billion won. Long-term loans with low interest rates will also be provided for small-scale business owners, whose sales have been suddenly reduced due to management problems such as rising rents.

    Third, Seoul will support the credit recovery of 1,000 young people, including new employees or college graduates, who are at risk of becoming credit defaulters. The city will provide a total of 433 million won to create the exit of the Youth Credit Defaulter problem, which is complicated by the highest youth unemployment rate in history.

    Fourth, in order to revitalize traditional markets, which are experiencing difficulties due to the recession and contractions in consumer sentiment, the massive discount event “Finding Traditional Market” will be held from February 6th to 10th, 2017. Seoul will hold discount events and other events at all traditional markets (estimated to be around 150) wanting to participate out of the total 352 markets when consumption declines shortly after Lunar New Year holidays.

    Fifth, during the winter season and the year-end and New Year holidays, 100 day measures will be implemented to eradicate illegal violations of the people’s livelihood against 1,800 places, including illegal lenders, from the end of December 2016 to the end of March 2017.

    Sixth, in order to revitalize the local economy and the welfare economy, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and autonomous districts will implement an early total budget of 7.2 trillion won — 6.3 trillion won by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and 900 billion won by the autonomous districts — by March 2017. This is the first time that the city and autonomous districts have jointly promoted early enforcement of the budget on a massive scale, and the early enforcement will be concentrated on budgets directly linked to the citizen’s lives, including programs such as jobs, welfare, safety, and SOC investment projects.

    Welfare area

    Seventh, in line with Visiting Community Service Center program, Seoul will urgently invest 8 billion won and search for and support approximately 10,000 low-income households, which are expected to have difficulties due to unemployment and business shut-downs during the economic downturn.

    Eighth, Seoul plans to support 40,000 energy poor families by supporting heating materials such as thermal insulation sheets, heating tents, and thermal underwear so that citizens can stay warm during the winter.

    Safety area

    Ninth, Seoul will complete the One Fire Extinguisher per Store program by January 2017, with 611,120 stores in 352 traditional markets. The program will prevent accidents by installing fire extinguishers at all stores in case fire extinguishers are not installed or installed fire extinguishers are not working properly.

    Finally, in order to prevent disasters such as accidents and fires of various facilities, Seoul, together with autonomous districts and outside experts, will carry out intensive safety checks in January 2017. They will inspect a total of 1,351 disaster vulnerable facilities, such as multi-use facilities and construction sites which are expected to collapse in the near future.