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Income Distribution

Ireland is facing major choices,  They are the same choices that faced the country in the early 2000s.  They weren't addressed directly then and there is little evidence that they are being addressed directly now.  The chapters in Planning and Delivering a Fairer Future - Values, Democracy and Service Provision seek to address these choices.  They set out the challenges facing us and identify options, frameworks and pathways towards a future that would be just, sustainable and desirable.

Some income tax proposals currently being considered by Government should be rejected because they would give far greater benefit to people earning higher incomes while giving nothing to lower income employees according to a new study conducted by Social Justice Ireland.

This paper examines the distributional impact of some of the income tax proposals currently being suggested by various members of Government and others. This study is a contribution to the debate and discussion which is currently taking place regarding income tax. 

The National Social Monitor 2014 outlines the present situation on a range of policy issues that impact on people’s well-being.  Social Justice Ireland presents the National Social Monitor as a contribution to the public debate that is urgently needed on Ireland’s future and how Ireland is performing in terms of promoting the wellbeing of all in society. 

Reducing taxes is not Social Justice Ireland's priority for Budget 2015. Any available money should be used to improve Ireland's social services and infrastructure, reduce poverty and social exclusion and increase the number of jobs.

The 2014 Living Wage for the Republic of Ireland has been calculated by the Living Wage Technical Group at €11.45 per hour.  Social Justice Ireland believes this should become the minimum wage and should be adopted by all employers, public and private, without delay.
The Living Wage Technical Group, of which Social Justice Ireland is a member, has also launched:

This is the fulll technical document underpinning the calculation of a Living Wage.  It was prepared, and will be updated, by the Living Wage Technical Group of which Social Justice Ireland is a member.

Social Justice Ireland  presents a viable policy framework that would secure both solidarity and sustainable recovery in the decade ahead.

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.

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