There was an increase in people living in enforced deprivation last year, with renters, single-parent families and those with disabilities being most at risk, according to a new CSO study.
The enforced deprivation rate in Ireland overall increased to 17.8% in 2019, which means people were unable to afford two or more deprivation indicators, such as keeping their home warm, replacing furniture, or going out for a meal.
This compares with 15.1% in 2018, despite the relative economic growth and high employment rate Ireland experienced in 2019, before the pandemic.
The largest year-on-year increase in the enforced deprivation rate was among those living in rented accommodation, rising from 27.4% in 2018 to 34.4% in 2019.
There was little change for those living in owner-occupied accommodation, with the rate being 10.3% in 2019 and 10% in 2018.
Almost half – some 45.5% – of the households experiencing enforced deprivation had one
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