Poverty could be closer than we think

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ACCORDING to the National Statistics Institute (INE), those at risk of falling into poverty or social exclusion continues to rise in Spain.
Since 2010, statistics show that rates are gradually edging higher. Looking back, 2014 saw the rate stand at 29.2 percent of the population, which was an increase from 2013, when the rate was 27.3 percent and 26.1 percent in 2010.
Currently Spain has a population of around 46.5 million, with average household incomes dropping to €26,154 per family, down 2.3 percent from 2013. The findings are part of the Living Conditions Survey (LCS).
The main tool used by Eurostat, the European statistics bureau, is the AROPE indicator (which stands for At Risk Of Poverty or Social Exclusion) and it is used to study both inequality within the EU and the impact of social and economic policies.
Those who earn less than €7,961 a year for a single-member household and €16,719 for a family of four, fall into the category of poverty and it seems the percentage of Spanish residents under this line continues to grow, reaching 22.2 percent of the population in 2014 compared to a year earlier, when it was at 20.4 percent.




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