What social challenges does decent housing represent in Spain? This report
analyses three challenges in this field: access, conditions and energy
Housing system and welfare state. The Spanish case within the European context
The welfare system in Spain has never paid great attention to housing.
However, it is a key aspect and one that has repercussions in other
dimensions such as health and education.
Why are young people unable to access home ownership?
Employment precarity is an obstacle to accessing home ownership for young
people. Rental, which is more expensive, or family solidarity are the main
alternatives for setting up a home.
Housing: right or commodity?
The seventh Dossier from the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” focuses on
the residential insecurity faced by society’s most vulnerable groups, and
access to housing for young people.
Difficulties in access to housing
In 2017, some 42.1% of people devoted more than 40% of their disposable
income to paying the rent. What does this mean in the European context?
People of Spanish and foreign nationalities alike have a perception of
their health as good or very good, and above the European Union average.
Labour precarity among young people especially affects women. They occupy
worse-paid positions with higher rates of temporary work than men.
Involuntary self-employment in Spain (21.7% of self-employed people)
exceeded the European average (16.9%) in 2017. This study indicates that
involuntary self-employment is common among young people and people with a
low educational level.