8.1% of Maltese were severely materially deprived in 2015 – Eurostat

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8.1% of Maltese were severely materially deprived in 2015 - EurostatSevere material deprivation – according to Eurostat early estimates for 2015 on the share of severely materially deprived people went down to 8.2% in the EU, or around 41 million people in this situation. In Malta the figure stood at 8.1% in 2015, down from 10.2% in 2014.

In 2015, around 41 million people in the European Union (EU) were severely materially deprived, meaning that they had living conditions constrained by a lack of resources such as not being able to afford to pay their bills, keep their home adequately warm, or take a one week holiday away from home.

The proportion of persons severely materially deprived in the EU continued the downward trend observed since its peak in 2012 (9.9%). Families with dependent children are affected more than households without children. 8.3% of households with two and more adults with children suffer from severe material deprivation, compared with 6.0% for those without dependent children; and severe material deprivation hits 17.3% of single parent families, compared with 11.0% for single adults without dependent children.

Severe material deprivation also affects single-adult households more than households composed of at least two adults.

These early estimates for 2015 come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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