The report, which focused on the situation amongst the most impoverished elements in Israel, was based on three surveys. One polled people receiving assistance from charity foundations, another looked at public opinion regarding economic conditions and the government response, and the final survey questioned the managers of some 100 food charities.
A new poverty index, compiled by ERI for Latet and based on basic necessities, found that poverty rates were significantly higher than those reported by the government agency. According to the new index, some 2,546,000 Israelis live below the poverty line – including 932,000 children.
The NII report claimed that 1,600,000 Israelis were living in poverty.
The Latet surveys, conducted in the second half of 2015, reflect the effects of cutbacks in stipends for children and the increase in sales tax, claimed the foundation’s researchers. They emphasized that the official report only examined 2015, thus missing the recent deterioration in the condition of Israel’s most impoverished citizens.