Cost of living crisis

Energy poverty at highest recorded rate – ESRI

Report recommends increase in welfare payments, fuel allowance, and lump-sum payments targeted at those most affected by energy inflation

Almost 30 per cent of Irish households are experiencing “energy poverty”, the highest ever recorded rate, and far exceeding the previous record of 23 per cent recorded in 1994-1995.

Energy poverty is defined as spending more than one-tenth of net income on energy including electricity. This figure, however, does not include motor fuel.

An estimated 29 per cent of Irish households now spend more than 10 per cent of their income to pay for energy, ...