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21 Nov 19 |

What the latest Eurostat figures tell us about the housing and marginalisation of low-income households

A Housing Europe Observatory Analysis

What the latest Eurostat figures tell us about the housing and marginalisation of low-income households

The latest round of EU ‘Survey of Income and Living Conditions’ (EU-SILC) data have recently been published by Eurostat, covering the 2018 period. The SILC figures indicate that the recent trend in ‘at risk of poverty or social exclusion’ rates has continued to edge down at an EU level; from 22.4 per cent in 2017 to 21.7 per cent. While the exact percentages vary wildly from country to country (e.g. 32.8 per cent in Bulgaria compared to just 12.2 per cent in Czechia), there is also a huge amount of variation at an EU level between different housing tenures. The 2018 figures show that just 9.3 per cent of mortgage holders in the EU are at risk of poverty. This compares to 20.1 per cent of outright owners, 32.9 per cent of those paying private market rents and a staggering 38.4 per cent of those renting at below market rates.

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13 Jun 19 |

Making Europe’s cities affordable

What can be done?

Making Europe’s cities affordable

What’s happening to housing in our cities? Why has it become so hard to access affordable quality housing in conurbations of all sizes? And what can we do about it?

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27 May 19 |

Improving access to renewable energy for social tenants with EIB ELENA

The ASTER Project

Improving access to renewable energy for social tenants with EIB ELENA

What is ASTER? ASTER is a special purpose company which will manage and finance investment programmes which tackle energy poverty. Social tenants will be enabled to reduce energy use and to access the benefits renewable energy. It’s a cross sector initiative led by the social housing sector. One of the main motivators of ASTER is that financing is sustainable i.e. does not count on the public budget. It therefore avoids political discussions, particularly relevant in Belgium, about who should pay for the energy transition.

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