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By 2025 the number of people living in Ireland aged over 85 years will have doubled. One clear implication of this will be additional demand for healthcare services and facilities. This is just one of many examples highlighted in Social Justice Ireland's National Social Monitor 2014 which highlight the need for longer-term planning by Government if Ireland is to promote the common good and ensure the wellbeing of its growing population.

Social Justice Ireland's Socio Economic Review 2014 'Steps Towards a Fairer Future' is a 320-page Review which analyses the economic challenges facing Irish people and the impact of policies put in place by Government. It sets out five key policy areas it proposes should be addressed simultaneously if we are to build a fairer future i.e. macroeconomic stability, just taxation, social protection, governance and sustainability.  Below is a podcast outlining the contents of the review.

This circular establishes the Public Participation Network (PPN) in every county and includes guidelines for their rollout and operation.

More than 285,000 people call on EU to consider Basic Income

285,042 EU citizens have called on the European Commission to consider a Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a fairer and simpler social security system.  Each of these citizens signed The European Citizens Initiative (ECI)1 for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI).2 The collection of signatures officially ended on Tuesday January 14th 23.59pm.  

'Towards a Social Europe' - paper presented by Dr Brigitte Unger at Social Justice Ireland's social policy conference 2013 'a Future Worth Living For'.

'What Future for the Regions?' - paper presented by Dr. Patricia O'Hara at Social Justice Ireland's social policy conference 2013 'A Future Worth Living For'.

A new report by Eurofound shows how Ireland has one of the highest rates of NEETS in Europe at 22%. Greece has the highest at 35.9%, Bulgaria 24.6% AND Spain has 21.1%.  NEETS are young people aged 15 – 29 who are not in education, employment or training. 

A report by Eurofound examining' NEETS' in Europe.  NEETS are young people aged 15 – 29 who are not in education, employment or training.

The CSO published the ‘Household Budget Survey 2009-2010’ which gives an interesting snapshot into  changes in household expenditure.

Points of note from Household Budget Survey 2009-2010

  • Proportion of total household expenditure on Food dropped by almost 2% between 2004-2005 and 2009-2010.
  • Proportion of total household expenditure on Housing increased by 6% in the same period.
  • Average weekly expenditure on Fuel and Light is 15.3% higher than it was five years ago.

It would be totally unacceptable for Government to introduce a process of social dialogue that would benefit the rich and exclude the rest of us according to Social Justice Ireland, commenting on a proposal presented by the General Secretary of Impact, Mr Shay Cody recently. 

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