10. 07. 2018 15:50
More than 850,000 people, or 16.3% of the Slovak population, lived with the risk of poverty or social exclusion in Slovakia last year, according to data from the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Ministry. This number represents a year-on-year drop of 1.8 percentage points. As the TASR press agency wrote, the risk rate dropped for all indicators; income poverty, serious material deprivation and extremely low work intensity. In terms of households, families with three or more children, single parents with at least one child and individuals younger than 65 living alone are among the households with the highest risk of poverty.
Conversely, the lowest risk of poverty was recorded for households with two adults, with one of whom being above 65. Though, the households with the highest risk are families included those with three or more children, single parents with at least one child and individuals younger than 65 living alone. The risk of poverty is swelled in inverse proportion to the work intensity of household members. In terms of gender disparity, the rate of poverty was quite balanced between men and women, albeit with significant gaps in individual age categories. On a year-on-year basis, gender disparity decreased in favour of women in the under 18 and 65+ categories. According to the Ministry, an important differentiating factor is education.