Minimum Essential Standard of Living Expenditure Budgets

This section details the Minimum Essential Standard of Living expenditure need for each household type.

The price of the basket of goods is updated for inflation for each category of expenditure, annually. The annual update of expenditure costs is undertaken in the second quarter of the year, and uses the appropriate sub-indice rates from the Consumer Price Index to chart the annual change in the prices of goods and services over a 12 month period.

This expenditure data presented here is also utilised in the Minimum Income Standard calculator, The calculator may be used to calculate the expenditure & income needs of a variety of household types in Urban & Rural areas in various employment/income scenarios.

2021 MESL Core Expenditure Budgets


The weekly core costs of a Minimum Essential Standard of Living in 2020 are illustrated above, the full range of MESL budgets for all household types and compositions are also available to download below.

Further Data

MESL core budgets (excluding housing, childcare & effect of secondary benefits) for further Household Types are available to download: