Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) Report 2024

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul’s Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) 2024 report highlights the essential costs required for a dignified life in Ireland, and underscores the severe impact of inflation and rising living costs over recent years.

The annual MESL update captures changes in the cost of the minimum basket of goods and services. While there is now a relative stabilisation in costs, the cumulative effects of inflation over recent years highlights the need for continued policy intervention to ensure an adequate social protection floor and a dignified standard of living for all.

The report is available to download here.