Hunger and austerity in Spain

Posted: 25 September 2012 in Uncategorized
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The effects of austerity policies in Spain are now so severe that, last month in Girona, City Hall decided to place locks on trash bins to prevent people from searching for food in them.

According to a February 2012 report by Cáritas Española, 22 percent of households in Spain are now living under the poverty line. Even more, by the end of 2010, the “tendency of impoverishment” meant that about 41 percent of Spanish households were finding it difficult to maintain a decent standard of living (including the ability to enjoy one week of vacation a year, have access to some kind of meat on a regular basis, maintain an adequate temperature in the home, and cover unpredicted expenditures). At the same time, the ratio between the top and bottom quintiles reached 6.9 by the end of 2010, up from 5.3 in 2007, and by far the largest gap in the European Union.

The desperation in Girona indicates that the effects of austerity on hunger in Spain are even worse today.

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