Childhood is short, yet the experiences we have shape the adults we become and the lives we lead. Children living in poverty live life on the margins, excluded from opportunities and often unable to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Poverty affects every aspect of a child’s life having short and long term consequences on their health, education outcomes and life chances.
Some top line statistics from EU SILC 2015
- In 2015, 11.5% of children (aged 0-17) lived in consistent poverty. Based on the 2011 census (the latest figure currently available for this age group) that equates to approximately 132,000 children. This is one in nine children – equivalent to the entire population of a county like Wicklow, or Mayo. There was no statistically significant change since 2014.
- Consistent poverty means that these children are living in households with incomes below 60% of the national median income and experiencing deprivation based on the agreed 11 deprivation indicators. This can mean going 24 hours without a substantial meal or being cold because parents are unable to afford to heat the home. It means not having two strong pairs of shoes, or a warm jacket to keep out the cold.
- Nearly three in five (58%) of lone parent households with one or more children experienced deprivation. Worryingly this is more than double the level of depravation experienced by families with two adults with children (25.2%).
- In 2015 the annual average disposable income had increased from €18,864 in 2014 to €20,000. The concern is that lower income families are still struggling while it is the middle and high income earners are enjoying the recovery.
- Those who are unemployed in 2015 face significantly higher risks of experiencing deprivation (45.5%) and consistent poverty (26.2%), and being at risk of poverty (43.5%), compared with the rest of the population.
- Pre Budget Submission on Budget 2016 (June 2015)
- Submission regarding the Roll Out of Free GP Care to Under 6s February 2014
- Submission into the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare: Working Age Payments Dec 2012
- Submission into the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare: Disability Allowance Feb 2012
- Child Poverty: Ireland in Recession April 2011 (PDF 2,452 KB)
- Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare Submission (September 2011)
- Presentation to Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform - November 2011
- Submission into the Comprehensive Spending Review - July 2011
- The Experience and Scale of Child Poverty in Ireland - December 2010
- Budget 2016
- Budget 2015
- Budget 2014: Children's Budget, Children's Lives
- Budget 2013: Children's Budget
- Scandinavian Childcare: Making it Happen 2013
- Barnardos Knows: Budget 2012 Campaign
- Children's Budget 2011 Dreading December Campaign
- Children's Budget 2010 YES / NO Campaign
- Cost of a Child Briefing Paper (2009) by Brian Harvey
- Seven Steps to Ending Child Poverty 2005 Report
"All You Need Is..." Report from Barnardos & St Vincent de Paul
Barnardos and Society of St Vincent de Paul commissioned the Children’s Research Centre to examine child deprivation by creating child specific indicators – items children deem essential for all children to have to ensure an acceptable standard of childhood.