More than 140,000 children are living in homes that are cold and damp, according to a report published on Tuesday.
The Growing Up in the Cold dispatch from the Society of St Vincent de Paul draws on Central Statistics Office data published recently in the EU Survey of Income and Living Conditions and the Growing Up in Ireland study. It finds that 12.3 per cent of Irish children are living in fuel poverty and that in 2018 more than 10 per cent of one-parent households could not afford to heat their home adequately. It further reveals that one in five one-parent families was living in substandard accommodation and 11 per cent of households with children were in arrears on utility bills.
Children living in the private-rented sector were twice as likely to experience energy poverty as children in owner-occupied homes.
An home with inadequate heating is linked to elevated risk
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