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Social Justice Ireland's Policy Briefing on Poverty and Income Distribution

Government has failed to protect the vulnerable according to the 17 organisations in the Community and Voluntary Pillar of social partnership.

In its five-point integrated recovery strategy which forms part of its submission for Budget 2011 (launched September 7, 2010) the Pillar argues that this failure must and can be reversed in Budget 2011. The key elements in the Pillar's strategy involve:

Social Justice Ireland's fully costed alternative Budget shows how Government could reduce borrowing by €3bn whle protecting the vulnerable in Budget 2011

Social Justice Ireland's Policy Briefing on Poverty 2010

The unfair and breathtakingly unjust decisions made in Budget 2010 will damage Ireland’s economic development and social development.

Ireland is currently facing a series of inter-related crises i.e.: banking (property bubble collapse and little lending to small and medium-sized businesses); fiscal; economic (competitiveness and job losses); social (income loss, services being cut back as demand rises); reputational. 
 
 
 

The roots of the current economic crisis lie in a set of policy decisions taken in the late 1990s.  It is important that this fact be recognised and acknowledged before decisions are made on the second Budget for 2009.  Otherwise the decisions made may serve to worsen the situation rather than provide a pathway towards a solution. 

Over the past half century Ireland embraced the whole process of liberal globalisation with enthusiasm. It built on the policy of free trade from the 1960s onwards. Its imports and exports as a percentage of GDP are among the highest in the world.

Social Justice Ireland have publshed a briefing on the Lisbon Treaty. We offer this briefing as a contribution to the current debate as people inform themselves on the issues in preparation to vote in the Referendum on June 12, 2008.

On June 12th, 2008 Irish people will again have their say on a European Treaty. Ireland is the only country of the 27 Member States in the EU holding a referendum on this Treaty.

Working Poor and Children Lose Out in Budget 2009

Budget 2009 did not protect the vulnerable. The working poor and children lose out in Budget 2009. Other social welfare recipients will also be worse off in real terms in the coming year.

This happened despite the fact that the distribution of resources in Budget 2009 was very progressive with the only net beneficiaries being people in receipt of social welfare payments.

Social Justice Ireland's Budget Briefing

Budget lacks vision as banks escape and children are targeted

This Budget lacks a guiding vision.This in turn gives rise to some very serious problems.

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