- 62% of respondents have cut down on basic necessities
- 55% of respondents have delayed payment of utility bills
- 42% of respondents are in private rental and 28% have been unable to make rent payments on time
- 55% of respondents can’t afford presents for families.
Of the 2,640 children represented in ESIS 2014:
- 75% were doing without essential items due to their parent’s economic status
- 56% of respondents could not afford out of school activities for their children and 42% could not afford school books, equipment or new school clothes for their children.
The sub-group of respondents on Newstart Allowance, who reported having a disability or health problem, and their children, were experiencing significantly higher levels of deprivation compared to Disability Support Pension recipients.