European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) revealed through a survey that the rate of material and social deprivation was 9.8% in 2021.
The National Statistics Office on Tuesday reported material and social deprivation, as well as severe material and social deprivation, which amounted to 5.5% in the same year.
There was a 0.4 percentage point increase in both rates compared to 2020.
The data collected is based on the perceived ability, or not, of households to afford a certain number of items from a set of 13 standard items.
A person is considered materially and socially disadvantaged if they cannot afford to buy at least five of the 13 items, while those who cannot afford to buy at least seven of these items are considered severely materially and socially disadvantaged, according to ONS statistics.
The statistic showed that 33.1% of the people surveyed said their household could not afford a week’s holiday away from home every year. 15.7% say their household cannot afford an unexpected financial expense of €770 or more.
7.8% cannot afford to keep their home warm while 7.8% said their household was behind on mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, rent-to-own installments or other loan payments, according to the statistics.
6.1% could not afford basic needs such as replacing worn-out clothes or having two pairs of well-fitting shoes, he said.
7.7% could not afford monthly appointments for a drink or meal, while 10.4% could not regularly participate in a leisure activity.
Among quality of life indicators, the percentage of women who could not afford to buy items was higher than that of men.
11.8% could not afford to spend small amounts of money on themselves each week, of which 12.9% were in the 35-64 age group. 2.5% said they had no internet connection available at home, according to ONS statistics. 3.6% of those without an internet connection are aged 65 and over.
5.5% of people were considered severely materially and socially deprived in 2021. 7.8% of them were children living in seriously materially and socially deprived households. 5.3% were adults aged 18 to 64 and 4% were 65 and older.
When considering households experiencing problems in their primary residence, 33.9% reported pollution, dirt or other environmental issues, the statistic shows. 10.2% reported crime, violence or vandalism in the area.
45.3% say their household experienced at least one problem in 2021.
Gozo and Comino saw the biggest drop in the share of households reporting at least one problem, with a drop of 4.1 percentage points from 2020, followed by Northern Harbor district with a drop of 2.6 points. percentage, according to ONS statistics.
The 13 elements of material and social deprivation include; households that cannot afford unforeseen financial expenses, households that cannot afford a week’s annual vacation away from home, mortgage or rent arrears, households that cannot afford a meal with chicken, meat, fish or the vegetarian equivalent every other day, households that cannot keep the house warm enough in winter, households that cannot afford a car , households who cannot replace worn-out furniture, people who cannot replace worn-out clothes, people who cannot afford two pairs of well-fitting shoes, people who do not have the means of having pocket money for themselves, people who do not have regular leisure activities, people who cannot get together for a drink or a meal at least once a month, and people who do not have access to a and Internet connection.