Stories of Struggle 2018

Stories of Struggle is a Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice research report, commissioned by the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The research engages directly with households to shine a light on their struggle to make ends meet when income is insufficient, and to demonstrate the consequences of bringing up a family on an inadequate income. It follows on from the Vincentian Partnership’s pioneering research into what it costs to be able to afford a Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) in Ireland. Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) research by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) has been regularly conducted since 2004. It provides both qualitative and quantitative data on the goods and services, expenditure and income required for a Minimum Essential Standard of Living, which is a standard which no one should be expected to live below. It is the minimum needed to live and partake in Irish society today, meeting the physical, psychological and social needs of individuals and households and is based on ‘needs’ not ‘wants’. Stories of Struggle explores the lived experiences of families with an inadequate income in the context of the wider MESL research, in order to give context and depth to the reality behind income inadequacy. 


Full Report

 
 


Executive Summary