Belgium -Poverty on the rise -December 27, 2013

Figures collected by the NGO Vlaams Netwerk tegen Armoede (Flemish Network against Poverty) show that, in Flanders, organisations providing help to the poor have seen a 20% increase in the number of people asking for help in 2013 compared to 2012. This increase comes after a 30% rise in 2012. A new trend is that those asking for help are often partners that both have a job in the family. It means that people that earned enough money in the past and lost their well-paid job due to the crisis accepted a job that earns a lot less. However, the mortgage on the house and other costs in the household remain unchanged.

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