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New political party established to campaign for social welfare

New political party established to campaign for social welfare

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) A new political party, the Social Welfare Party (SWP,?????), was established in Taipei on Wednesday to campaign for better social welfare policies, joining a wave of new and emerging parties that are eyeing seats in Taiwan's Legislature. "The population of people with disabilities has reached 1.14 million in Taiwan and these people and their families expect our care and support,"Cheng Long-shui (???), chairman of the party, said at a press conference to announce the establishment of the SWP. Cheng, a former New Party (??) legislator, said the Social Welfare Party is a single-issue party focused solely on advancing social welfare in Taiwan. The SWP aims to relax regulations so that foreign caregivers can be hired to take care of all disabled people and senior citizens aged 70 and above, and improve the certification and testing of accessible environments for disabled people, Cheng said. The party also supports long-term care programs for senior citizens and the removal of registration fees for disabled people and senior citizens at hospitals and clinics, Cheng said. It also hopes to subsidize caregiver fees for low-income families and people with severe disabilities, fund the purchasing of special needs equipment by disabled people, and provide more educational and professional training subsidies to disabled people, he said. Cheng said his party is expected to announce in late October or early November its list of candidates for district and legislator-at-large seats in Taiwan's ninth legislative elections on Jan. 16, 2016. "We have no plans to cooperate with any political parties at the moment, but we welcome all parties to work toward the goal of advancing social welfare," he said. He said the SWP is aiming to win 15 percent of the valid votes in the legislative elections and 5 legislator-at-large seats in the 113-seat Legislature. Vice chairman of the party is Pai Hsiu-hsiung (???), a former deputy Taipei mayor. Its other core members include Ku Yeun-wen (???), professor of social work at National Taiwan University, Lin Chung-shan (???), associate professor of political science at Chinese Culture University, and advertising consultant Jerry Fan (???). Over the past two years, Taiwan has seen a wave of new and emerging political parties formed with the hope of exerting more influence on government policies and diversifying Taiwan's political scene, which has so far been dominated by the ruling Kuomintang and opposition Democratic Progressive Party. Among these new parties are the New Power Party (????), Social Democratic Party (?????), Minkuotang (???) and Trees Party (??). (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 06:38 GMT+08:00