The Survey on Living Conditions measures the occurrence and composition of poverty by means of establishing a poverty risk threshold. In addition, it provides information on personal income distribution based on annual net income. Furthermore, it provides data on the housing deprivation, as well as housing conditions and a harmonised indicator of the risk of poverty or social exclusion.
The Living Conditions Survey is an annual statistic harmonised at European level performed jointly by Idescat and the INE. From 2016, Idescat, with the collaboration of the Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Families, has carried out a sample extension which allows to obtain the dissemination of more reliable results for Catalonia, and estimates of the main indicators for the territorial areas, Barcelona Metropolitan Area and municipality of Barcelona.
There was a break in the series of these statistics in 2013, due to a substantial change in the method for obtaining household income. From this year onwards, the official registers of the State Social Security and Tax Agency have been used.
Note: Prior to 2016, this operation was called "Statistics on Personal Income Distribution and the Risk of Poverty".