1 in 5 working lone parents living below poverty line

To mark Local Enterprise Week, €13.5million has been approved through the current LEADER Programme for the sub-theme of Enterprise Development in Ireland.

338 projects nationally – from sectors such as tourism, engineering, social enterprise, creative industries, food and drink – are benefiting from the funding approved under the Enterprise Development sub-theme of the LEADER Programme.

The rate of in-work poverty among lone parents more than doubled between 2012 and 2017.

A new report has found that 1-in-11 working lone parents were living below the poverty line in 2012, but it increased to 1-in-5 five years later.

The data from St. Vincent de Paul also shows that the living standards of lone parents in Ireland are among the worst in Europe.

Author of the report Dr. Tricia Keilthy outlines the factors behind the rise: