THE Council of Europe has warned Spain its austerity programme could have a devastating impact on children.
Child poverty reached 30% in 2011 and cuts in welfare, health and education have left some children homeless and malnourished, the continent’s main human rights watchdog said.
Disabled people also face poverty and increasing marginalisation as state help is withdrawn, the council found.
The report follows a visit to Madrid and Seville in June, during which the council’s human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks met with both government and non-government officials to assess the impact of the economic crisis on the country’s children and disabled people.
The government rebuked the claims, stating investment in education had increased and subsidies for disabled people had also risen over the past couple of years.