Government restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, meant that large sections of the Irish economy were closed in 2020, necessitating the introduction of substantial State supports for workers and employers. The impact of these restrictions and subsequent supports on poverty rates and the income of individuals and households is key in understanding how Irish society has fared in 2020 compared to previous years.
This new report, ‘Poverty Insights - Income Reference Periods 2018 to 2020’, is a Frontier Series Publication from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). It provides insight into how poverty rates and income have evolved from 2018 to 2020 and analyses how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted these statistics. As this is a Frontier publication using experimental methods care must be taken when interpreting the statistics in this release. What is this?
Due to changes in EU legislation the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2020 is not directly comparable to previous iterations of the survey, see Information Note. By combining Official SILC 2020 statistics, based upon 2019 calendar year income, with experimental estimates of 2018 and 2020 calendar year income this publication provides insights on poverty indicators and income of individuals and households in Ireland between the income reference years 2018 to 2020. The experimental methods estimate 2018 calendar year income for 2019 SILC respondents and 2020 calendar year income for 2020 SILC respondents. The use of 2020 calendar year income also facilitated an analysis of COVID-19 income supports and the impact supports such as the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) had on poverty rates and income.
Poverty Rates & Income 2018-2020
Impact of COVID-19 Income Supports
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