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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Social Justice Ireland

This year
Households €551 worse off due to inflation, while risk of poverty rate increases
If COVID-19 income supports were excluded, the at risk of poverty rate last year would have been 20.5% according to the CSO.
Last year
Social Protection Minister appears to rule out €20 increase in social welfare payments
Minister Humphreys said there ‘won’t be any money left’ for other measures if this were done.
New analysis shows gap between rich and poor in Ireland is widening
Social Justice Ireland said the rich-poor gap increased by €2.96 per week, or €154 per year, as a result of tax and welfare measures in the 2022 Budget.
Targeted welfare payments would ease cost of living pressure on lower-income workers, experts say
The Government is to unveil a “substantial” package of measures tomorrow, the Tánaiste told Fine Gael TDs.
Over half of households in receipt of housing assistance at risk of poverty in 2020
New CSO figures show that nearly one million people were at risk of poverty in 2020 when housing costs were taken into account.
All time
Think tank calls for €10 per week social welfare increase
The hike would see the maximum personal rate rise from €203 to €213 in this years budget.
Proportion of new homes bought by institutions increased six-fold in 10 years
The average price of homes bought by institutions also increased dramatically from 2016 to 2019, from €229,627 to €304,811.
Ireland ranks high on education, but very poorly on climate action in progress index
Ireland ranked 10th out of 15 comparable countries on a UN Sustainable Progress Index.
One in 10 people spending over 60% of their income on rent in Ireland
Meanwhile, one in 20 people are spending more than 75% of their income on rent.
How is it fair that the tourism industry still gets a subsidy of half a billion euros?
The landscape has changed since the VAT rate was cut for the hospitality sector in 2011, writes Eamon Murphy.
Ireland needs to increase its tax take by €3 billion to have a fair and equal society, report says
In a new book, Social Justice Ireland makes the case for a higher tax take for standards the Irish people “expect and deserve”.
Over 100,000 people who work in Ireland are still living in poverty
New figures have been released today by the CSO.
Unemployment down but over 100,000 people now 'trapped' in part-time work
Some of this work gives rise to increased dependency on State income supports like jobseekers benefit, new research shows.
Think tank warns Government against prioritising higher earners in the Budget
Single earners above €70,044 would gain €3,145 per annum, more than 4.5 times the gains for a worker on €25,000.
There'll be a million over-65s in Ireland by 2031 - experts say we need a plan
Social Justice Ireland said it is seriously concerned that adequate funding is not being provided to address the ageing of the population.
One third of Irish population forced to go without basic necessities
A report this morning also warns that we will need to serious investment in healthcare facilities as the number of over 85s in Ireland will double by 2025.
16% of people in Ireland living below poverty line have jobs
A briefing document from Social Justice Ireland said the government needs to close the huge income divides in the country.
Over 232,000 children in Ireland are living in poverty
A review of Ireland’s economy also pointed out that the poorest ten per cent of the population had been hit hardest and said this has been “more or less ignored”.
Social Justice Ireland says Government’s new tax proposals should be rejected
The think tank said the proposals should be rejected as they will only benefit higher earners.
IBEC: Income tax reduction needed as employers can’t afford pay increases
Social Justice Ireland is calling for a system of refundable tax credits instead of a widening of tax bands.
Cut in private pension tax break could facilitate universal pension for all over 65s
A study by Social Justice Ireland was launched earlier today.
Taxes on texts and junk food proposed by Social Justice Ireland
Social Justice Ireland that a €3.5bn budget adjustment can be achieved without cutting social welfare or child benefit.
IMF proposal on child benefit will 'victimise children'
Over 200,000 children living in households that are experiencing poverty, say latest figures.
Kenny insists HSE chief has not been forced out
Enda Kenny came under fire over the proposed restructuring of the Health Service Executive during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today.
Disposable income in poor households falls 18 per cent
Meanwhile, the income of the richest households rose by 4 per cent, according to new data from Social Justice Ireland.
Report: 700,000 living in poverty in Ireland
A new report from Social Justice Ireland says that of those living in poverty in Ireland, 200,000 are children. The organisation says that the social welfare system is not fit for purpose and should be replaced.
Government ‘failing its own targets’ on poverty and unemployment
Key targets set by the Government after it came to power will be missed, Social Justice Ireland has warned.
Meeting Troika targets in 2012 is “not credible”, says social justice body
Social Justice Ireland says two-thirds of Ireland’s budget cuts should come from tax increases, though not from income tax.
Bailout is “dispossessing poor and vulnerable people” of their money
Social Justice Ireland met with the Troika today and spoke to them about changes needed to protect the poor and vulnerable in Ireland.
‘Alternative Budget’ claims to save €3.6billion without hitting poor
New proposals would deliver the necessary savings while also making Ireland fairer, according to Social Justice Ireland.
Gap between rich and poor broadened since 1987
The last 24 years – which saw Fianna Fáil in power for 21 – saw the top 10% of earners gain most, a new report says.