MESL & SILC 2014 Comparison Research Note

Issued: December 2015


The CSO published the latest Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) data for 2014, in November 2015. This data provides the key national poverty indicators, identifying the types of households ‘at risk of poverty’, experiencing deprivation and in consistent poverty, according to the official benchmarks. The MESL data on the cost of a socially acceptable minimum standard of living provides a counterpoint to the SILC data, and the space to ask what ‘at risk of poverty’ means in the context of an MESL.

This research note evaluates the SILC data in the context of the VPSJ’s Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) research.