New figures from Eurostat show that 6 per cent of EU youth are classed as severely materially and socially deprived. In 2021, across the EU, the social deprivation rate for the population as a whole stood at 6.3 per cent and for those aged between 15 and 29, it was 6.1 per cent.
The severe material and social deprivation rate in the EU is an EU-SILC indicator that shows an enforced lack of necessary and desirable items that are needed to lead a basic standard of living. It is defined as the proportion of the population experiencing an enforced lack, having to go without at least 7 out of 13 deprivation items (6 items relate to the individual and 7 relate to the overall household). The indicator is part of the at risk of poverty or social exclusion rate as defined in the framework of the EU 2030 target on poverty and social exclusion.
The list of items relating to the household are:
The capacity to face unexpected expenses.
The capacity to afford paying for one week annual holiday away from home.
The capacity to being confronted with payment arrears (on mortgage or rental payments, utility bills, hire purchase instalments or other loan payments).
The capacity to afford a meal with meat, chicken, fish or vegetarian equivalent every second day.
The ability to keep home adequately warm.
To have access to a car/van for personal use.
The ability to replace worn-out furniture.
The list of items than at an individual level are:
Having internet connection.
Replacing worn-out clothes by some new ones.
Having two pairs of properly fitting shoes (including a pair of all-weather shoes).
Spending a small amount of money each week on oneself.
Having regular leisure activities.
Getting together with friends/family for a drink/meal at least once a month.