Monday, November 1, 2010

From John Robertson

The Central Statistical Office has updated its Poverty Datum Line table to August 2010. This shows the dollar amount needed by an individual and by an average family of five people to meet the cost of basic essential food items for a month and the amount needed by them to meet the total consumption needs, also for a month.

The CSO defines the PDL as the cost of a given standard of living that must be attained if a person or family is to be deemed not to be poor. Accordingly, in August 2010, if an individual were receiving an income below US$146 a month, or if a family of five were receiving a sum below US$477, and if they were entitled to no benefits, allowances or subsidies, they would be deemed to be poor.

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