- Latest statistics show poorest 10% of population lost 18.4% of real disposable income compared to 11.4% loss among the richest 10&% since the crash of 2008.
- Situation worse if cuts in services and increased charges are included in calculations.
- The gap between low and middle-income Ireland on the one hand and the rich on the other hand has widened dramatically.
- Budgets introduced under the tutelage of the Troika were regressive, taking more as a percentage of income from those who have least. The real impact was even more regressive because this calculation does not include the impacts of reductions in services and increased charges introduced in these years, which impact disproportionately on the most vulnerable.
Social Justice Ireland advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole. We work to build a just society through developing and delivering credible analysis and policy to improve society and the lives of people. We identify sustainable options for the future and provide viable pathways forward. In all of this we focus on human rights and the common good.
Analysis shows poorest 10% took biggest hit since crash
A Future Worth Living For - Vision and a Policy Framework
Ireland needs a combination of vision and pragmatic policies that can truly move the country towards a desirable and sustainable future. We also need to focus on evidence rather than on the endless assertions we hear communicated each day seeking to defend dubious policy developments.
Comprehensive Report on Health Inequities in Europe published
The WHO Regional Office for Europe has just published the Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region, coordinated by University College London’s Institute of Health Equity.
Social Policy Conference 2013
Social Justice Ireland’s annual Social Policy Conference will be held in the Croke Park Conference Centre on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Budget 2014 provides no vision, no direction and no solution. Budget numbers do not add up
Budget 2014 provides no guiding vision, no real sense of direction for Ireland’s future, and no sustainable solutions to the major challenges Ireland faces. As well as this the budget numbers do not add up.
Almost 1 in 5 Irish Adults at or below OECD Literacy Level 1
Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of Irish adults aged 16-65 are at or below Level 1 on the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). Ireland placed 17th out of 24 participating countries on the literacy test. Ireland placed 19th out of the 24 participating countries on the numeracy test, significantly below the PIAAC study average.
Government establishes working group on Citizen Engagement with Local Government
The Department of Environment, Community and Local government has established a working group on Citizen Engagement with Local Government to make recommendations on more extensive and diverse input by citizens into decision-making processes and to allow for facilitation of input by citizens into decision making at the local government level.
Podcast of Della Kilroy's report on proposal for a Universal Pension for Ireland
Ireland could and should have a Universal Pension for all older people
Ireland could and should have a Universal Pension for everyone over 65. it could be paid for principally by standard rating the current tax-break for private pensions. More than 80% of benefit of the current tax break goes to the 20% with highest earnings. A Universal Pension would be simpler, fairer and more just as well as being sustainable in the decades ahead.
Corporate tax strategies under pressure from G20 and OECD
Leaders of the world’s largest economies have backed what they call “an ambitious and comprehensive” plan to crack down on multinationals that shift profits into low tax countries.
Social Justice Ireland proposes new €7bn 3-year investment programme to boost growth, jobs and recovery
Ireland’s current level of investment is the lowest of any EU country.
Two billion people still lack access to safe drinking water
Nearly 2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water. Despite the fact that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on water was reached in 2010 the scale of the challenge the world faces on this issue is staggering.
What has austerity done for us?
What has austerity done for us?
Austerity increases long-term unemployment and income inequality and decreases wages
A recently published IMF working paper ‘The Distributional Effects of Fiscal Consolidation’ shows that austerity does not work and will not work for Ireland.
Government should increase welfare rates by €5 a week and introduce a universal pension in Budget 2014
Government should increase basic social welfare rates and PAYE tax credits by €5 in Budget 2014.
Purchase: What Would REAL Recovery Look Like?
For €15 (including packaging and posatge) you can purchase Social Justice Ireland's annual Socio-Economic Review for 2013 entitled: What Would REAL Recovery Look Like?
Purchase 'Does the European Social Model Have a Future?'
Purchase 'Does the European Social Model Have a Future? Challenges and Responses 70 Years after the Beveridge Report' here for €15 (including packaging and postage).
Purchase 'Building a Fairer Tax System - The Working Poor and the Cost of Refundable Tax Credits'
Purchase 'The Future of the Welfare State'
You can purchase Social Justice Ireland's publication on The Future of the Welfare State for €15 (including packaging and postge).
Department of Finance growth forecasts not credible - Irish economy in recession
What Social Justice Ireland really said about income tax
There has been some confusion and misrepresentation of Social Justice Ireland’s position on income tax in the media.
BUDGET 2014 should end cuts, meet borrowing target and introduce a minimum corporate tax rate, while protecting the working poor.’
Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014 sets out a fully-costed set of proposals.
CSO publishes latest employment data
There was an extra 20,500 people employed in Quarter 1 2013 compared with Quarter 1 2012, and a decrease of 29,900 in the numbers unemployed.
New CSO data highlights differences between Urban and Rural Ireland
The CSO Report ‘Regional Quality of Life in Ireland, 2013’ highlights some of the differences in income distribution, employment, education and housing between urban and rural areas.
Austerity kills according to latest research
Austerity is not just bad for the economy. The latest evidence shows that it is also bad for people’s health.
Austerity is discredited, its credibility undermined, its moral basis unethical. Ireland must change direction
Both the academic and moral basis for ‘austerity’ have been discredited and its credibility has been undermined.
Projections show Ireland will not meet its EU 2020 Greenhouse Gas emissions targets
Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets.
Academic case for austerity shown to have been deeply flawed – Change of direction the only credible response from policy-makers
This is an extraordinary story. The key academic study used to justify austerity in recent years in countries such as Ireland has been exposed as profoundly flawed.
Rural Ireland and rural communities are coming under unprecedented pressures and many are fighting for survival
The impact of sustained high levels of unemployment and subsequent high levels of emigration among young people in rural communities cannot be overestimated.