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Thu 28 Jan 2010 08:46 AM

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Saudi welfare claimants up 1.31% in Jan 2010

An extra 8,891 families were approved for social security payments this month.

The number of Saudi Arabians claiming social welfare rose 1.31 percent this month, official figures show.

“The ministry added 8,891 eligible families who will be able to receive social security money this month,” Minister of Social Affairs Yousef Al-Othaimeen told Arab News.

Some SR933million ($248million) of social welfare payments are made each month, the ministry figures show. A total of 692,508 people currently receive income support, the paper said.

Recipients include orphans, disabled people and widows and claimants are able to withdraw the cash from ATMs.

The Kingdom’s welfare system was founded by royal decree in 1963.

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