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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. 

Sharing Responsibility in Shaping the Future was published on September 14, 2011.  This social policy book examines issues regarding the issue of sharing responsibility for shaping the future and how this might be achieved. 

It is time that responsibility for shaping the future was shared in a meaningful way between all stakeholders in the interests of the common good. But sharing responsibility raises its own series of questions such as:

• Why should responsibility be shared?

The political and social achievements of Europe are under threat. Public over 
indebtedness, particularly in a context of crisis, exposes states to pressures to cut back 
investment in the field of social protection, access to health-care, education and housing. 
This reduces their ability to take action against inequalities and discrimination. The 
disappearance of jobs as a result of company relocations and technological change in the 

In its latest policy document, the Community and Voluntary Pillar, of which Social Justice Ireland is a member, has urged  that the time period for reaching the target of 3% of GDP in borrowing should be extended to 2016.  Below is a summary of the C+V Pillar's position which spells out  a 5-point plan which should be at the core of an incoming Government's agenda.

The 17 Social Partner groups in the Community and Voluntary Pillar of social partnership have jointly expressed serious concerns about the lack of protection for the vulnerable in our society, in Government plans for national recovery.

The following article appeared in the Rite & Reason section of the op-ed 
page of the Irish Times on October 16th, 2006. It is based on the opening 
chapter of the second edition of Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice 
and Problems. That chapter, by Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds, is entitled: 
Progress and Public Policy: The Need for a New Paradigm. The book is 
edited by Sean Heály, Brigid Reynolds and Micheál Collins and is published 
A large empirical literature is emerging on the determinants of happiness and mental 
well-being. As would be expected, this topic has attracted attention from medical 
statisticians, psychologists, economists, and other investigators (including recently 
Easterlin 2003, Blanchflower and Oswald 2004, Helliwell and Putnam 2004, Lucas et 
al 2004, Layard 2005, Smith et al 2005, Ubel et al 2005, Gilbert 2006, and Kahneman 
et al 2006). However, a fundamental research question remains poorly understood. 

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