Minimum Essential Budget Standards Publications

The VPSJ’s Minimum Essential Budget Standards research centre carries out research into what it costs to have a minimum essential standard of living in Ireland.

The research provides a benchmark, grounded in the lived experience of people, which shows the extent to which people reliant on social welfare or low rates of pay, can afford an acceptable minimum standard of living.

The research is pro-actively used and cited by national organisations in their work to address poverty and social exclusion, and promote equality. 

The minimum standards data is widely used in the policy debate in Ireland, within government, by NGOS, and organisations working directly with people.  The data forms the basis of the Living Wage calculation, and is also the source for the ISI’s Reasonable Living Expenses. 

The data, working papers and research reports are available through the MEBS reserach centre website,