2006 Minimum Essential Standard of Living Budgets

The following is presented for each household:

  • The cost of a Minimum Essential Standard of living for full-time worker without entitlements to secondary benefits (the costs of housing and car ownership are excluded)
  • The expenditure for specific households in the same category
  • Details of total weekly income and expenditure for each household and the weekly shortfall or discretionary income.


2006 Minimum Essential Budgets for Six Households

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A minimum Essential Standard of Living – What is it?
‘A Minimum Essential Standard of Living is one which meets a person’s physical, moral, spiritual and social wellbeing’ (UN definition of an adequate lifestyle).

2006 figures
The figures presented below are from our study ‘Minimum Essential Budgets for Six Households’ published in 2006. The study made available detailed information on the actual cost of a minimum essential standard of living for 6 household types. Inflation for each expenditure category was also taken into account.

For Further Information
For more information on the budget standards process and the contents of the 13/14 expenditure categories, see Minimum Essential Budgets for Six Households 2006 pages 40 – 43 (publications)