|Thousands Seek Aid at Christmas in Iceland|
|Written by Iceland Review|
|Monday, 05 December 2011 00:00|
The holidays are a matter of financial concern for many families across Iceland. In the past years a number of people have sought aid at charities before the holidays and their number seems to be growing.
Christmas in Reykjavík. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Most charities accept registrations for Christmas distributions until mid-December. Already 1,400 people have requested assistance from the charity Fjölskylduhjálp Íslands, the majority of whom have never turned to them before, Morgunblaðið reports.
The charity Mæðrastyrksnefnd expects to assist thousands of families this year, same as last year when their distributions of food and presents numbered 4,000.
A number of people turn to the church’s charity Hjálparstarf kirkjunnar at this time of year. Applications already reach 400 and are expected to increase.
Ásgerður Jóna Flosadóttir, who chairs Fjölskylduhjálp Íslands, said she hoped that the December salary bonuses to which general wage earners are entitled will enable some people who might otherwise seek help to make ends meet this month.
“It should help some people so that they won’t have to apply [for assistance from charity]. It isn’t much, of course, but to those who earn the least every thousand krónur counts. The situation today is miserable, truth be told. [Economic] inequality has become so severe,” she added.
Ingibjörg Oddsdóttir who works for the Ministry of Welfare’s welfare watch said internationally the gap between the rich and poor is widening and Iceland is no exception.
|Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2011 10:23|