Kennedy, Finola. '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, pp21-39
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXV No. 4 1986/1987
The Report of the Commission on Social Welfare (CSW) together with the three
Background Papers comprise the first ever comprehensive review of the entire
Social Welfare System.Expenditure on Social Welfare is at a record high of over 14 per cent of GNP,
absorbing more resources than is devoted by the State to agriculture,
fisheries, forestry, industry, transport and communications combined.
Throughout the recessionary fifties expenditure on social welfare never
exceeded 6 per cent of GNP. Indeed back in the fifties the four areas of
education, health, housing and social welfare combined absorbed around 15
per cent of GNP.
An expanding population
faces contracting opportunities. Unemployment and debt are at record levels. Substantial emigration has resumed. Output is flagging and, while inflation is
well down, real interest rates have never been higher. The Report of the CSW culminates in its chapter on Costings and Priorities. I
will limit my comments to some remarks regarding these two areas.
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