Meir Panim Update
Percentage of poor children up to 35.8
January 1, 1970

Social Welfare Minister Yitzhak Herzog presented the NII’s poverty report together with the director general of the institute, Yigal Ben-Shalom.

The report showed a slight decrease in overall poverty – the percentage of families living under the poverty line dropped from 20.6% in 2005 to 20% and the percentage of individuals living under the poverty line decreased from 24.7% to 24.5%. However, the percentage of children who suffered from poverty rose from 35.2% to 35.8%.

According to the report, an estimated 404,000 families – 1.65 million people and 796,000 children – lived under the poverty line.

There was a significant drop in poverty figures among the elderly – from 24.4% in 2005 to 21.5%. The fall was the result of an increase in pensions.


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