Poverty levels have risen in southern EU states, according to fresh official figures, as the lasting impact of financial crises across the continent take their toll.
Italy, Spain and Greece have all seen significant increases in the proportion of people facing poverty or social exclusion since 2008, according to Eurostat.
This is measured as either having particularly low disposable income, being in a state of material deprivation where the household cannot afford some basic items such as utility bills, a washing machine or regular protein. It also includes households where adults can only find work worth 20pc of a full time job.
Eurostat said: “Compared with 2008, the proportion of persons at…