Fewer low-income households in NL
Study shows drop in Dutch poor, but indicates worsening situations.
18 December 2007
AMSTERDAM -The number of Dutch low-income households has dropped but their overall situation has worsened, according to a study published on Tuesday.
The study, conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) said that compared with 2001, twice as many households with incomes of EUR 870 for a single person claim to have serious problems getting by.
In 2005, some 10 percent of the 6.6 million Dutch households were defined as "poor". The CBS and SCP predict that this percentage will drop to 7.9 by mid-2008, but that their situation will worsen.
People on welfare, non-Western migrants and single parents with young children are most vulnerable.
Almost 70 percent of the Dutch poor cannot replace basic furniture; 50 percent cannot afford a seven-day holiday. One out of 10 low-income households cannot afford to heat their homes or cook a hot meal.
On Monday a study by European statistical bureau Eurostat said the Dutch are the third-richest European country, with a spending power of 31 per cent above the European average.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news