(Lucas : On a 16.8 million population november 2013 that is 14% in total and that is in my view just also a number that is not fully telling the story. There are lots more that struggle but are not getting a benefit or have to wait to get a benefit and a lot even have so many debts that they live without being registered as poor in their dire situations. The problem lies also in the more difficult way to get a benefit at all when totally out of options and also in getting free of charge judicial help or court entrance. Even the prevention of problems and debt cumulation is due to the filled to the brink waiting lines for the help not a real option. More get into a personal default. I think the total of the group than lives up or beneath the poverty line is larger and that will be more like 25%. That is in line with the other countries that are also in debt and under austerity measures struggling in the EU/Eurozone.)
At least 1.2 million people were living in poverty in the Netherlands last year, a rise of over 150,000 people on 2011, according to a new report.
Research by the national statistics office CBS and the government’s socio-cultural think-tank SCP, shows 7.6% of the population is now living below the poverty line. Last year’s rise is the sharpest since the economic crisis began in 2008.