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Income Distribution

Social Justice Ireland has challenged Government to adopt a target of ‘zero poverty’ by 2020. In its most recent Policy Briefing, Social Justice Ireland states that “Government needs to change direction in its approach to reducing poverty. A good starting point would be for Ireland and the EU to adopt a target of ’zero poverty’ to be reached by 2020.” This would be a very appropriate way of marking the European Year against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

Return to work patterns are often a function of more than financial rewards and 
include such considerations as work availability, family commitments, travel to work 
time and the type of available employment. However, financial incentives are 
important and these depend on the balance between the individual/family’s disposable 
income when employed and when unemployed. 
 
The replacement rate for given income levels measures the proportion of out-of-work 

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