Catholics in Ire­land on the de­crease

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

The num­ber of Catholics liv­ing in Ire­land is de­creas­ing, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Cen­sus fig­ures.

More than 3.7 mil­lion Catholics made up just over 78.3 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion in April 2016, com­pared to 84.2 per cent in 2011 – a drop of 132,220. Mean­while the num­ber of peo­ple to de­clare no re­li­gion, in­clud­ing athe­ists/ag­nos­tics, in­creased by more than 70 per cent over the same five-year pe­riod. HOUSE­HOLDS ON low in­comes are be­ing left par­tic­u­larly ex­posed to ren­tal in­creases as hous­ing costs eat up a grow­ing pro­por­tion of their money, ac­cord­ing to anal­y­sis by the In­sti­tute for Fis­cal Stud­ies (IFS).

It said “sub­stan­tial” cuts to hous­ing ben­e­fit in re­cent years have led to ren­tal pay­ments now us­ing up an av­er­age of 28 per cent of the non-hous­ing ben­e­fit in­come of low-in­come pri­vate renters.

This is up from 21 per cent in the mid-1990s.

Those on low in­comes were de­fined as be­ing in the bot­tom 40 per cent of the in­come dis­tri­bu­tion in their area.

The IFS said that across Bri­tain, the pro­por­tion of peo­ple liv­ing in pri­vate rented ac­com­mo­da­tion has more than dou­bled in re­cent decades, from eight per cent in the mid-1990s to 19 per cent in the mid-2010s, while among 25-to-34-year-olds this pro­por­tion has tre­bled from 12 per cent to 37 per cent. Rise in rents hits low-in­come house­holds

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