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13/01/2016
Industrial Changes, Labour

Corporate social responsibility in the face of structural change - Working group report
The report provides a summary of socially responsible practices in case of redundancies and highlights a number ofcircumstances related to legislation and current policies that may hamper the more extensive adoption of therecommended measures in Finland.

13/04/2016
International Policies

ILO – Report made in addition to the reports made by the Government of Belgium in accordance with article 19 of the Constitution of the International Labour Organization, on the measures which it has taken to give effect to the provisions of convention...
ILO – Report made in addition to the reports made by the Government of Belgium in accordance with article 19 of the Constitution of the International Labour Organization, on the measures which it has taken to give effect to the provisions of conventions to which it is a party – Reporting cycle 2016 – Report No. 95

04/05/2015
Economy and Finance, Local Policies, Others, Social Policies

Ireland’s Rental Sector: Pathways to Secure Occupancy and Affordable Supply (141)
Ireland’s rental sector is under enormous pressure. The impact is being felt by individuals and families renting and it is now becoming a threat to Ireland’s competitiveness and job creation. The sector needs a new vision and strategy if it is to become an attractive long-term housing choice.

31/07/2015
Economy and Finance, Local Policies, Others, Social Policies

Housing Supply and Land: Driving Public Action For The Common Good (142)
Ireland urgently needs to resume construction and supply of affordable new homes. Our competitiveness, ability to create jobs and social inclusion can be damaged by the low level of supply and high cost of homes.Endorsing the Government’s identification of affordability as a primary goal of housing policy, the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) yesterday provided Government with a report on housing supply and land management. The Council emphasises the importance of not returning to the speculative and unstable system of home building, which proved unaffordable, unsustainable, ineffective and ultimately economically and socially damaging.

14/07/2015
Labour

Recovery strategy – Trainee schemes – Introduction of a global commitment for employers – Annual evaluation – Report No. 92 (Joint report of the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council)

04/07/2014
Climate Change, Others, Social Policies

Wind Energy in Ireland: Building Community Engagement and Social Support (139)
Drawing on commissioned research—which looked at Germany, Denmark and Scotland—NESC points to three components for building social support which need to be integrated at a national policy-level: (1) a national transition process that facilitates and guides society-wide efforts to transform energy systems away from fossil fuels; (2) effective public participation which helps to shape and share the local value that wind energy projects generate; and (3) the key role of intermediary actors and enabling organisations which support the problem-solving, entrepreneurialism and buy-in needed to drive renewable energy projects that serve the economic and social development of an entire local community.

27/06/2014
Others, Social Policies

Social Housing at the Crossroads: Possibilities for Investment, Provision and Cost Rental (138)
Ambitious action is required, if Ireland is to have a more cost-effective and stable housing system. A new report from the National Economic and Social Council argues that social housing is ‘at the crossroads’, with many people on low incomes now confronting an extremely difficult housing situation. This is evident in several ways: the number of mortgages in distress; long waiting lists for housing; rising homelessness; and rapidly rising rents, particularly in Dublin.

20/06/2014
Labour, Lisbon Strategy - Growth and Jobs, Social Policies

Jobless Households: An Exploration of the Issues (137)
Ireland has a high level of households where no-one is working or has very limited access to work. Nearly one quarter of households in Ireland can be described as jobless compared to a European average of 11 per cent. A distinguishing feature of Ireland’s jobless households is the likelihood that they contain children, with children making up nearly a third of those in jobless households. These households have a high risk of poverty, with the danger of transmitting joblessness and poverty across generations.

16/06/2014
Climate Change, Others

Ireland’s Environmental Data: Inventory, Assessment and Next Steps (136)
An exploratory study which catalogues and discusses environmental data and indicators in Ireland. In publishing this research study, the Council makes a number of observations and poses questions for discussion among those interested in environmental policy and analysis. The research includes an overview of existing environmental data as well as a critical discussion of its current use, gaps and possible future directions, drawing on stakeholder interviews.

04/12/2014
Local Policies, Others, Social Policies

Homeownership and Rental: What Road is Ireland On? (140)
Hard choices are ahead, if Ireland is to meet the housing needs of its population in a sustainable and affordable way. A new report from the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) shows that certain groups will struggle to achieve homeownership—those on low incomes, single person and lone parent households, those in the larger urban areas and young people.

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