1,230,000. This number should be burned into the debate. This the approximate number of people included in the CSO’s enforced deprivation rate. This is the number of people who suffered two or more deprivation experiences in 2012. This is more than one-in-four – 26.9 percent – of all people in the state. This is a number that should drive the debate from here on.
The CSO sets out eleven enforced deprivation experiences:
Without heating at some stage in the last year * Unable to afford a morning, afternoon or evening out in the last fortnight * Unable to afford two pairs of strong shoes * Unable to afford a roast once a week * Unable to afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish every second day * Unable to afford new (not second-hand) clothes * Unable to afford a warm waterproof coat * Unable to afford to keep the home adequately warm * Unable to afford to replace any worn out furniture * Unable to afford to have family or friends for a drink or meal once a month * Unable to afford to buy presents for family or friends at least once a year
Those who suffer two or more of these experiences are officially categorised as deprived.
Deprivation has been rising since the beginning of the recession. In 2007, 11.3 percent were categorised as deprived. In 2012, it rose to nearly 27 percent – more than doubling. In absolute numbers, it has increased by nearly three-quarters of a million.
In this overall number there are approximately 375,000 children, aged 17 and under. Since 2007, this number has increased by 180,000.
There are sections of society that are under severe pressure. The following is the deprivation rate for particularly vulnerable sectors:
- Social housing tenants: 50.7 percent
- Lone parents: 49.5 percent
- Unemployed: 49.4 percent
- Not at work due to illness or disability: 48.5 percent
In these groups, one-in-two people live in deprivation.