MESL 2020

Issued: July 2020

MESL 2020


The following 2020 MESL expenditure data and income adequacy assessments are available.

  • Core MESL expenditure needs data for all household types in 2020
  • 2020 MESL Income Adequacy Benchmark - Social Welfare & National Minimum Wage scenarios
  • Evidence based policy recommendations for Budget 2021.

The 2020 MESL data is the product of a full review and rebase project, undertaken throughout 2018 and 2019.

  • A report detailing the review & rebase process is available, here.
  • An MESL Working Paper, examining the factors contributing to the change in costs in the reviewed and rebased baskets and the accuracy of inflation adjustments, is also available, here.