Four in 10 Greeks strug­gling to pay rent and bills

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Four in 10 Greeks strug­gle to pay their mort­gage or rent and their bills, while more than half of house­holds lack the funds to en­sure that they can eat a nu­tri­tious meal ev­ery other day, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by the Na­tional Sta­tis­ti­cal Author­ity (ELSTAT).

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, a house­hold can be cat­e­go­rized as ma­te­ri­ally de­prive if at least four of the fol­low­ing ap­ply: dif­fi­culty in meet­ing emer­gency fi­nan­cial de­mands; in­abil­ity to af­ford a va­ca­tion of at least a week ev­ery year; in­abil­ity to en­sure that their diet in­cludes fish or meat at least ev­ery other day; in­abil­ity to pay for heat­ing when nec­es­sary; lack of ba­sic ap­pli­ances such a wash­ing ma­chine, tele­phone or color tele­vi­sion; in­abil­ity to re­pay loans and pay ba­sic bills.

In 2015, 22.2 per­cent of the Greek pop­u­la­tion ful­filled at least four of th­ese cat­e­gories, com­pared to 21.5 per­cent in 2014 and 12.8 per­cent in 2005, ac­cord­ing to the ELSTAT sur­vey.

In the poor­est house­holds, 87.1 per­cent said they were un­able to take a hol­i­day of at least a week ev­ery year, while in house­holds of medium in­come the pro­por­tion was 44.8 per­cent.

In poor house­holds, 52.5 per­cent were un­able to pay for meat or fish ev­ery other day, while the pro­por­tion was sig­nif­i­cantly lower, 1.8 per­cent, in medium in­come house­holds.

A to­tal of 41 per­cent of house­holds said they strug­gled to pay the mort­gage or rent, while the pro­por­tion was 64.7 per­cent for poor house­holds.

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