Symposium on the report of the Commission on Social Welfare
Citation: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
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.
Other Titles:The report of the Commission on Social Welfare
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Series/Report no:Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. XXV No. 4 1986/1987
Description:Read before the Society, 30th October, 1986