Poverty strikes households living on social welfare

Poverty strikes households living on social welfare

Pristina, February 23, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The economic crisis in Kosovo is affecting households living on social welfare, who can only secure their basic needs.

According to the data issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Kosovo has around 30 thousand families that live on social welfare.

Data from the last report of the ministry indicates that around 29,3% of families live in extreme poverty, on less then 1,73 Euros a day, while 10,2% live on less than 1,20 Euros a day.

Citizens say that with they cannot pay their utility bills with their allowance.

“We’re five in my family and it’s been seven years that we live on 60 Euros a month. I have never been called for a job, although I have looked many times. I don’t know if there are people in Africa that live as bad us. With this money we cannot even pay our utility bills”, says SH.A from Pristina, one of the victims of this social erosion which has enveloped many families in the country.

Many people say that the social allowance is not enough to secure the necessities of live.

“What can you plan with 60 or 70 Euros a month. If we divide it with the days of the month, then my family lives on 1 Euro a day. We cannot even buy bread with this, let alone other things such as utility bills”, says SH.M from Pristina.

According to official figures in Kosovo, around 35% of citizens are unemployed. So far, the government’s measures for employment have not led to a decrease of unemployment or poverty. The army of unemployed people has remained the same. /ibna/