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ECV Survey on Living Conditions

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. In 2013 there was a change in the time series, because from that moment onwards the administrative registers of the Spanish Central Tax Authority and the Social Security were used to obtain the household income data.

From 2016, Idescat has carried out a sample extension which allows to obtain the dissemination of more reliable results for Catalonia, and opens the door to drawing up estimates of the main indicators for the territorial areas, Barcelona Metropolitan Area and municipality of Barcelona. This operation is carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Rights, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, the Barcelona City Council and the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona until the year 2020, but from 2021 onwards it ceased to collaborate with the Ministry of Social Rights.

With the publication of the 2016 and 2017 surveys, the results for Catalonia are complemented by some of the main indicators for the eight territorial areas, the City of Barcelona and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.

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