Spanish survey finds families facing hardship

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THE number of households that claim to be unable to afford to buy clothes for their children who are under 16 has grown from 3.8 per cent in 2009 to 6.5 per cent in 2014, according to the National Statistics Institute’s Living Conditions Survey.
The survey includes an in-depth analysis of various aspects of the typical Spanish household and also explores whether Spaniards, renowned for their outgoing sociability, are still able to afford to eat out rather than cook at home.
The results show that nowadays 12 per cent of Spanish people have changed their habit of dining out regularly, now electing to save money and cater for social events on their own doorstep.
The 2014 edition of the survey covers the period from the end of April last year until the beginning of May of this year.
The conclusions drawn were that the number of Spanish families in financial hardship is still on the rise.

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