Poverty risk in Spain

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Poverty risk in Spain

OVER nine million people live in extreme poverty in Spain, while nearly one million are illiterate, according to a report.

The study by Amnesty International also found that hundreds of thousands of families in Spain are at risk of losing their homes.

It also estimates there are 300,000 people in Spain with no entitlement to free state healthcare, with those who have lost their jobs among the worst hit.

In one case, a disabled solicitor from Valencia was forced to live on the street with her husband despite having a master’s degree.

The couple had their home repossessed after the woman’s redundancy meant they could no longer keep up with mortgage repayments.

Others who are badly affected include those who have never worked, worked only occasionally or accepted money in hand.

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