Watch­dog sees deep­en­ing cri­sis, cites wel­fare woes

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Af­ter eight years of re­ces­sion and in­creas­ing belt-tight­en­ing, Greece’s eco­nomic melt­down is show­ing all the signs of a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis, Om­buds­man An­dreas Pot­takis has warned.

In his an­nual re­port for 2016, which was sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, Pot­takis said that so­cial wel­fare ser­vices and poli­cies, as well as tax au­thor­i­ties, were at the fore­front of his of­fice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions last year.

He said most com­plaints came from cit­i­zens who are un­able to meet their ba­sic needs and obli­ga­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, so­cial se­cu­rity, zon­ing and tax­a­tion ac­counted for most com­plaints: 29.1 per­cent of ad­min­is­tra­tive com­plaints were about so­cial se­cu­rity funds and agen­cies un­der the purview of the La­bor Min­istry, 21.2 per­cent con­cerned lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, 11.9 per­cent the Min­istry of In­te­rior, 11.8 per­cent the Fi­nance Min­istry and 7.8 per­cent the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

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