SVP volunteers visit thousands of families every week across Ireland.
We asked some of these families to describe the reality of living on a low income and being unable to access or afford services like housing and childcare. The words are those of real people who are struggling to get by, voiced by actors in order to protect their confidentiality.
The reforms to the One Parent Family Payment reduced the incomes of many lone parents in employment; and have made it more difficult for others to take up work, education or training. One-parent families are the largest group requesting help from SVP and have the highest poverty and deprivation rates of any household type.