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    Taxi Driver Taxi Driver is offline

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    Average household disposable income is 43,333

    The CSO's Survey of Income and Living Conditions has got some attention, particularly for its insights on inequality. However, there are some under useful figures in it. One is that in 2010 average household disposable income in Ireland was 43,333. Granted this is down 12% on the 49,043 that was recorded in 2008 (though the 5.4% decrease in the CPI over the two years will have ameliorated some of the drop). The 2010 figure is pretty much in line with what it was in 2006.

    This is a weekly disposable of 830 a week. Plenty of scope for at least some households to go an a holiday on that!

    There is undoubtedly a huge number of households in serious difficulty. The numbers "at risk of poverty" are around 720,000. For a family of two adults and two children the threshold is a disposable income of 25,127 or 483 a week. I appreciate the difficulties that those below this threshold are enduring and how quickly this money will be consumed by basic necessities but there are 3,850,000 people above the threshold.

    Of the 15.8% of the population who are at risk of poverty, 39.4% of these experienced two or more types of enforced deprivation. There is 6.2% of the population, or 275,000, who are at risk of poverty and experiences two or more types of depravation. The are 4,300,000 people not in this category and 61.6% of those at risk of poverty did not report two or more types of depravation.

    The 11 types of depravation are (percentage of those at risk of poverty reporting this for 2010):

    Without heating at some stage in the last year (17.9%)
    Unable to afford a morning, afternoon or evening out in the last fortnight (32.0%)
    Unable to afford two pairs of strong shoes (5.5%)
    Unable to afford a roast once a week (10.0%)
    Unable to afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish every second day (5.8%)
    Unable to afford new (not second-hand) clothes (13.9%)
    Unable to afford a warm waterproof coat (4.6%)
    Unable to afford to keep the home adequately warm (12.2%)
    Unable to afford to replace any worn out furniture (30.3%)
    Unable to afford to have family or friends for a drink or meal once a month (28.0%)
    Unable to afford to buy presents for family or friends at least once a year (7.1%)

    There is still a requirement for huge progress to be made in this area, and the figures show that we are going in the wrong direction but this remains an economy in which most people are reasonably well off by domestic standards and hugely so by global standards.
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    I've never seen such a collection of dubiously "adjusted" statistics in my life.
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    Oh to be on of the average-family group. 800 odd euro disposable income! My eye.
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    Seems far too inflated for me. Maybe this is where Lenny got his stats from to infer we all partied.
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    If we could only get some debt write off we would be one of the richest countries in the world come 2014-2015.
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    DINKYs probably distort the figures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    If we could only get some debt write off we would be one of the richest countries in the world come 2014-2015.
    Based on what , selling houses to each other again ?
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    10% couldn't afford a roast??
    Surely it costs the same to roast chicken/ potatoes etc as it does to boil chicken/potatoes etc??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxi Driver View Post
    There is still a requirement for huge progress to be made in this area, and the figures show that we are going in the wrong direction but this remains an economy in which most people are reasonably well off by domestic standards and hugely so by global standards.
    Apart for the obvious question of what "requirement" to do what exactly? by who? to whom? and who will pay for it? .... what the study doesnt say is what did they spend their money on? or how much tax these people paid or the effects of the rip-off nature of the untradable Irish service sector which picks the pockets of their customers
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    Unable to afford Sky T.V= 0000000.1%
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