Lithuania - Audit Office documents poverty and income inequality - August 31, 2019

An audit entitled ‘Does Social Support Ensure the Minimum Consumption Needs of People Living in Poverty and Promote Labour Market Integration’, carried out by the National Audit Office, the Supreme Audit Institution, documents that income inequality and poverty remain among the highest in the EU. In 2018, 22.9 % of the population lived below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold, and 11.1 % below the extreme poverty threshold. The OECD and the European Commission note that the adequacy of social benefits in Lithuania remains relatively low, the living standards of the poorest households have improved only moderately and the impact on reducing income inequality is lower than in the EU.

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