The Irish Government has revealed the total number of households which are still in poverty, according to figures released on Monday.

The figures showed that 5,890 households are still living below the poverty line, which means the average person is in a household of less than $15,000 a year.

In total, there are 9,938 households which fall into the category of households with a household income of less $8,000.

There are also 1,564 households in the top 5 per cent of households, with an average household income between $31,000 and $36,000, which are living in households of between $40,000 to $50,000 annually.

There is also a large increase in the number of families in this category, with 4,788 families living in families of between one and five people.

The total number is up from 4,634 households in January of this year.

The government has said that a significant number of the people who have fallen into poverty have been people who are part of the unemployed, who are in work part-time and in a low income bracket.

In January 2017, the Government announced a reduction in the amount that people can receive in unemployment benefits, as well as the introduction of a new benefit for people who earn less than €25,000 per year.

There has also been a huge rise in the proportion of people who receive a jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) in the past year, which has seen an increase of nearly 30 per cent from 4.7 per cent in January 2017 to 6.6 per cent this month. 

In total, the Irish Government is now looking to cut the amount of money that people in the country receive in support from €1,000 this month to €900 next month.

The figure will be reduced by a further €400 next month, but is expected to be unchanged in 2019.

Irish Independent

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