23 Aug, 2017 @ 11:12
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POVERTY STRICKEN: Andalucia provinces fill top spots in Spain’s latest poverty assessment

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Cordoba draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year

CORDOBA has the highest amount of people living in chronic poverty.

According to a new ranking by the AIS Group, 45.2% of Cordoba live below the poverty line, a figure which has increased by 6.5% since 2009.

The rest of Andalucia’s provinces follow Cordoba, all exceeding a 40% chronic poverty rate, with the exception of Malaga, which sits at 37.2%.

In Malaga province the eight towns studied all exceeded chronic poverty levels of above 31% and were ranked from highest to lowest in the following order: Malaga capital, Vélez Málaga, Mijas, Estepona, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella.

Andalucia has a poverty problem

The municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants with the highest poverty rate were Sanlúcar de Barrameda, with 46.7%; Alcalá de Guadaira, with 44.3%; And  La Linea de la Concepcion, with 44%.

The lowest rates are from the provinces of Navarre, Zaragoza, Basque and Catalan.

AIS Group notes in its report that compared to 2009, the average level of income per household has fallen dramatically in all communities.

But the most affected has been Andalucia, where household incomes have fallen by 20% between 2009 and 2015, a figure higher than the national average, which stands at 13.2%.

The situation of Spanish households, according to the report, has worsened.

In 2009, the average income according to the INE stood at €30,045 per household and the population rate at risk of poverty was 20.4%.

In 2015, the average income of families fell to €26,092, a decrease of 13.2%, meaning the amount of people at risk of poverty rose to 22.1%.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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3 Comments

  1. Andalucia will always be at the bottom of the pile because it is badly run by an ineffectual and clapped out regional government, namely the Junta de Andalucia.

    The UK also has a problem with stagnant pay. Paradoxically, record numbers of people are in work but this has not led to higher salaries.

  2. Correct Jane. All the UK government has done is spread the existing work thinner with the use of frozen pay-levels, zero-hour contracts and fake self-employment. Drill down into the figures and even in-work poverty is increasing.
    Doubt you will agree, but what’s needed is a massive dose of Corbynism.

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