Thursday 21 June 2018

One-in-five reduced to poverty during recession

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

More people were touched by poverty and deprivation during the recession than we previously thought, according to an ESRI study tracking families over time.

It noted that lone parents and adults with a disability were most likely to experience persistent deprivation during the years 2004 to 2015.

However, it found that while vulnerable groups were more at risk of falling into poverty, the risk was lower for older people.

The research examined the movement of social groups into and out of poverty before, during, and after the recession.

The average level of basic deprivation in the period was 21pc. Basic deprivation involves being unable to afford two or more of 11 basic goods and services such as adequate food, clothing, heating, and being able to have an evening out.

But among lone parents, persistent deprivation rose from 30pc during the boom to almost 45pc following the recession, while for working-age adults with a disability it rose from 15pc to 37pc.

Persistent deprivation for other adults was 4pc in the boom and 8pc following the recession. The ESRI examined poverty and deprivation during two-year periods, for example 2004-2005 and then 2005-2006 and so on, in order to track information over time.

On income poverty, 23pc were considered poor in at least one year and about 60pc of those noted as poor in the first year were still in that situation during the second year.

Report author Dorothy Watson said: "When we consider poverty over two years, the proportion of people experiencing poverty in at least one of them is much higher than when measured at a given point in time."

The research drew on the Irish Survey on Income and Living Conditions.

Irish Independent

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