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Data published by the NSO shows an increase in severe material deprivation (poverty) and a marginal decrease in material deprivation. The comparison was being made to 2018. In a statement (see below), the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity compared the data to that of 2013. It said that 3.7% who were severely materially deprived compared very favourably to 10.2% in the last PN administration. Minister Michael Falzon said that the government remained committed to the eradication of poverty.
When looking into specific deprivation items, 30.8 % of the surveyed population said that their household could not afford to pay for a one-week annual holiday away from home. Furthermore, 15.1 % said that their household would not be able to settle an unexpected financial expense of €725 and over.
Moreover, 7.8 % of the respondents said that their household had been in arrears on mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, hire purchase instalments or other loan payments and another 7.8 % said that they were not able to keep their home adequately warm in winter.
On the other hand, the number of persons who said that their household could not afford to own awashing machine, colour TV or telephone (including mobile phone) was negligible