Northern Ireland

Lacking essentials

Key points

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Graph 1: By item/activity

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Graph 2: By group

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Graph 3: By number

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Definitions and data sources

The graphs in this indicator look at the proportion of households who 'do not have because they cannot afford' particular kinds of 'essential' items and activities.  'Do not have because they cannot afford' means that the households lacks the item/activity due to hardship rather than choice.  'Essential' means that more than half of the population consider the item/activity to be a necessity in contemporary society.

For each of forty essential items/activities, the first graph shows the proportion of households who do not have them because they cannot afford them.

The second graph groups these forty items into six groups, namely money-related, clothes, activities, related to the home, food and consumer durables.  For each group, the graph shows the average proportion of households who do not have an item/activity in the group.  So, for example, the 3.6% figure for 'food' is the average of the 4.8%, 3.3% and 2.7% proportions for 'fresh fruit and vegetables every day', 'meal with meat, chicken or fish every second day' and 'roast dinner once a week' from the first graph.

The third graph shows the proportion of households who lack because they cannot afford a particular number of essential items/activities.  So, for example, 33% of households lack at least three of the items/activities.

The data source for all the graphs is a once-off survey entitled Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern Ireland, 2002/03 (the dataset for which is no longer publicly available).

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