According To INE

Percentage Of Population At Risk Of Poverty Or Social Exclusion In Spain Rises To 26.5%

Poverty.
Poverty.

The per­cen­tage of the Spanish po­pu­la­tion at risk of po­verty or ex­clu­sion rose half a point in the last year to 26.5%, while the po­pu­la­tion with “severe ma­te­rial and so­cial de­pri­va­tion” climbed to 9%, the hig­hest rate since 2014 and 1.3 points higher than the pre­vious year, ac­cor­ding to the National Statistics Institute (INE).

With this, severe poverty has shot up to its highest level in a decade, mainly due to the increase in the electricity bill, the rising cost of the weekly shop, the increase in the cost of variable-rate mortgages and the consequent impact of all this on the purchasing power of households.

So, although the average income per person increased by 8.3% in the last year, to €14,082, the population in general is living considerably worse than in previous years, even those in the higher income brackets.

Specifically, 20.7% of respondents cannot afford to keep their home at an adequate temperature, 3.6 points more than last year and three times more than in 2019 (7.6%); 6.4% of people cannot afford a meal of meat or fish at least every other day, one point more than last year and twice as many as in 2019 (3.8%); 37.1% do not have the ability to meet unforeseen expenses, 1.6 points more than last year and 3.2 points more than in 2019; and 13.6% have had delays in paying housing-related expenses (mortgage, rent, gas, community charges…) or in instalment purchases in the last twelve months, four tenths more than last year and 64% more than four years ago (8.3%).

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