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Statistics: more than 31% of households cannot cope with important expenses

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Important expenses (utilities, rent) cannot be covered from monthly incomes by 32.2% of households, according to the study People s living conditions in 2015, released by the National Statistics Institute (INS).

Payments not made in time in 2015 include those for electricity (54.6% of households), house expenses (53.2%) and telephone subscription (34.1%). Lower shares were registered for loan payments (9.1%), the authors of the study show.

21% of households could not afford at least one meal with meat or fish every other day. The study also shows that 13.1% of households did not afford maintaining an adequate temperature in their homes, while 69.2% could not afford paying a holiday.

Households where the head of the family was unemployed had the most difficult situation, the share of people who could not pay their debts being 49.3%. Late payments was common in families with children, especially single parent families (48.8%) or the case with two adults with three or more children (46%).

According to INS, almost half of households (46.6%) say they can hardly cope with everyday expenses and if we add those with some difficulty in covering daily expenses we reach 85.2% of total number of households.

Only one out of seven households does not have special problems for current expenses, which can be overcome easily or very easy, statistics show.

Households which cope with difficulty with current expense include those led by women (56.8%) or by people over 65 and older (52%), as well as families of two with three or more children (67.6%). In the same situation we find 83.6% of households whose family head is unemployed and 62% of those headed by a farmer.

INS says that all persons living in selected research centres (urban and rural) were included in the investigation. All household members, including persons who left for a longer period of time , but not more than 6 months were included in the study.

People who permanently live in hotels, residential centres for the elderly or the disabled, sanatoriums, and others were not included in the study.

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