Addition of a cohabiting couple without children to the MESL dataset Briefing Paper

Issued: July 2014


In 2012 the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) made the decision to add a cohabiting couple of working age without children to the existing Minimum Essential Budget Standards (MEBS) dataset. The decision to add this household type to the dataset was taken to reflect this life stage in the research and to fill a gap in the existing data.

With the addition of a cohabiting couple household the research of the VPSJ spans the spectrum of the lifecycle and the dataset now covers the minimum expenditure needs for 90% of households in Ireland.