Eco­nomic cri­sis has im­pacted on chil­dren’s liv­ing stan­dards

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Liv­ing con­di­tions for house­holds with chil­dren de­te­ri­o­rated con­sid­er­ably from 2009 to 2013, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity’s In­come and House­hold Liv­ing Stan­dards Survey.

Be­sides the de­cline in the pro­vi­sion of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren dur­ing the cri­sis, the survey re­vealed that there was a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of house­holds that were un­able to of­fer their younger mem­bers a meal with meat or fish on a daily ba­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the rate of fam­i­lies that were un­able to cover the costs of chil­dren go­ing on school trips rose from 7.6 per­cent in 2009 to 25.4 per­cent last year. The per­cent­age of house­holds un­able to of­fer their chil­dren the ap­pro­pri­ate space for study­ing (for fi­nan­cial rea­sons) climbed from 11.7 per­cent in 2009 to 18.4 per­cent in 2013.

The fig­ure for house­holds that could not of­fer chil­dren a daily meal of meat or fish reached 7.4 per­cent last year from 4 per­cent in 2009, while that of fam­i­lies whose chil­dren didn’t get to eat fresh fruit and vegetables at least once a day quadru­pled from 1.1 per­cent in 2009 to 4.4 per­cent in 2013.

More than one in five house­holds liv­ing be­low the poverty line (20.8 per­cent) said they could not pro­vide their chil­dren with the equip­ment needed for out­door recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties last year, while 15.4 per­cent could not af­ford toys for in­door play.

As much as 36.3 per­cent of poor fam­i­lies said that they could not af­ford for their chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in reg­u­lar en- ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Only 66.9 per­cent of poor house­holds were able to af­ford events for chil­dren such as birth­day par­ties, and 18.4 per­cent of all house­holds said they had no space in their home for their chil­dren to do their home­work. This climbed to 31.6 per­cent when it came to poor fam­i­lies.

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