Dowling, Brendan R. 'Symposium on the report of the Commission on Social Welfare'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXV No. 4, 1986/1987, pp8-20
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXV No. 4 1986/1987
The Report of the Commission on Social Welfare represents a philosophical
and economic view of Irish society that since independence has failed to
command more than a fraction of popular support.
More important, perhaps, the Commission has ignored many of the issues set
out in the terms of reference. The report can be summarised very simply - it
believes that social welfare payments are too low and that taxes should be
increased on public servants, the self-employed including farmers, and those
with incomes over £14,700 per annum to pay for these increases. It finds
virtually nothing wrong with the social security system - other than the minutiae
of operations - and the major recommendations deal with mechanisms for
increasing public spending on social welfare.
It is difficult to know how to approach a critique of the report so profound is my
objection to it. However the best approach might be to comment on each
Chapter, laying particular emphasis on those areas where the report errs,
either by omission or commission.
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