Crude Dimensions of a Humanitarian Crisis
- There are 10 million Greeks living in Greece (and falling due to migration), organised’ in around 2.8 million households that have a ‘relationship’ with the Tax Office. Of those 2.8 million households, 2.3 million have a debt to the Tax Office that they cannot service.
- 1 million households cannot pay their electricity bill in full, forcing the electricity company to ‘extend and pretend’. This ensures that 1 million homes live in fear of darkness at night while the electricity company is insolvent. It is estimated the Public Power Corporation is disconnecting around 30,000 homes and businesses a month due to unpaid bills.
- For 48.6% of families pensions are the main source of income, expected to be cut even further. The €700 pension has been reduced by about 25% since 2010 and is due to be halved over the next few years.
- The minimum wage shrunk (on the troika’s orders) by 40%.
- Social transfers have been cut by more than 18%.
- 40% saying they will not be able to meet commitments this year.
- Unemployment has risen 160% so that now 3.5m employed people have to support 4.7m unemployed or inactive.
- Of the 1.4 million jobless only 10% receive unemployment benefits and only 15% any benefits.
- Of those employed in the private sector, 500.000 people have not been paid for more than three months.
- Contractors who work for the public sector are paid up to 24 months after they provided the service and pre-paid sales tax to the Tax Office.
- Half of the businesses still in operation throughout the country are seriously in arrears vis-à-vis their (compulsory) contributions their employees’ pension and social security fund.
- 34.6% of the population live at risk of poverty or social exclusion (2012 figure)
- Household’s disposable income contracted 30% since 2010
- Health care cuts of around 11% between 2009-2011 – with a significant rise of HIV infections, tuberculosis, still births.
Source: Based on an economic update presented here –What you should know about Greece’s present state of affairs – an update