Poverty in Ireland on the rise

The deprivation rate has doubled and disposable income fallen, finds the Survey of Income and Living Conditions (SILC) for Ireland, 2010.

The key points from the survey are:

  • The deprivation rate has increased from 12 per cent in 2007 to 23 per cent in 2010 (measured as two or more deprivations).
  • Average annual equivalised disposable income in 2010 fell by 5 per cent over 2009.
  • Income inequality increased between 2009 and 2010 as shown by the quintile share ratio.

The full report is available from the Central Statistics Office Ireland.

See also:
Christopher T. Whelan and Bertrand Maitre (2011) Identifying Childhood Deprivation: How Well do National Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Ireland Perform? This article looks at how successful these indicators are at capturing childhood deprivation.