Belgium - Poverty risk surveyed - August 31, 2016

The risk of income poverty remained stable in 2015 at around 15%. This is reported by the FPS Economy based on a survey on incomes and living standards (by EU-SILC that provides related statistics). The survey was conducted amongst 6,000 households. More than one in five Belgians is at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This includes those living alone with a monthly disposable income of less than 1,083 euros. It also covers households comprising two adults and two children, whose income does not exceed 2,274 euros. The categories most vulnerable to the risk of poverty are members of single parent families and the unemployed. Moreover, 6% of the population were enduring serious material deprivation and 15% of individuals under 60 were living in a household with low work volumes of work. The annual Brussels Welfare barometer 2015 reveals large regional differences. Almost one third of the Brussels population (31%) has to make ends meet below the poverty threshold, whilst the percentage in Wallonia comes at 18 % and in Flanders at 11%.

English: http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/employment …

The FPS report (Dutch): http://economie.fgov.be/nl/binaries/analyse …  

Welfare barometer 2015 (French): http://www.observatbru.be/documents/graphics …

Welfare barometer 2015 (Dutch): http://www.observatbru.be/documents/graphics …  

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