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27/06/2018

Research Paper 12_Low Work Intensity Households and the Quality of Supportive Services: Detailed Research Report
This NESC Research paper is the detailed research to NESC report No.146 'Moving from Welfare to Work: Low Work Intensity Households and the Quality of Supportive Services'. It examines the experiences of low work intensity households and the services they interact with, through 92 interviews with households, service provider organisations, employers, senior officials in government departments and agencies, and national stakeholder organisations.

    Low Work Intensity Households and the Quality of Supportive Services: Detailed Research Report

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25/06/2018

Moving from Welfare to Work: Low Work Intensity Households and the Quality of Supportive Services (146)
Moving from Welfare to Work, finds that Ireland’s social welfare and employment support system, e.g. Intreo does reasonably well in supporting people into paid work, but there is a need to have a greater focus on the household. This means encouraging and supporting into jobs partners of people who are unemployed, lone parents, people with a disability and their carers who wish to enter employment.

    Moving from Welfare to Work: Low Work Intensity Households and the Quality of Supportive Services

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25/04/2018

Secretariat Paper 14_International Approaches to Land Use, Housing and Urban Development
This NESC Secretariat paper on international approaches to housing, land use and urban development is one of two secretariat papers prepared in conjunction with a NESC report No.145 on 'Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland’s Broken System'. The other Secretariat paper (No.13) is on 'Land Value Capture and Urban Public Transport'.

    International Approaches to Land Use, Housing and Urban Development

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25/04/2018

Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland's Broken System (145)
The State must drive the provision of housing and urban development. The Irish housing system is speculative, volatile and expensive. The urban land system is dysfunctional: land is not available in appropriate locations at a cost that will allow affordable housing to be provided. This is the message from the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) in this report.

    Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland's Broken System

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24/01/2018

Secretariat Paper 13_Land Value Capture and Urban Public Transport
This secretariat paper on international approaches to ‘Land Value Capture and Urban Public Transport’ is one of two secretariat papers prepared as part of a NESC study on ‘Land Use, Land Value and Urban Development’ (NESC Report No.145).

    Land Value Capture and Urban Public Transport

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22/11/2017

Secretariat Paper 12_Reflections on Infrastructure Policy and Institutional Developments in the UK
This paper describes and reflects on the evolution of the UK’s approach to infrastructure policy and planning. The purpose is to help inform the development of Irish infrastructure policy as we return to higher levels of investment. The paper focuses on institutional and governance issues: how infrastructure plans are formulated, and how policy decisions are made, responded to by stakeholders, implemented, maintained and evaluated.

    Reflections on Infrastructure Policy and Institutional Developments in the UK

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25/10/2017

Moving Towards the Circular Economy in Ireland (144)
This report finds that there is momentum in circular economy practices in Ireland, but action is needed to build on the early advantage. This report highlights some of the leaders in the Irish circular economy, whose products and services keep resources in use for longer, extract the maximum value from them and recover products and materials. The report includes ten case studies of businesses and social enterprises. The research, by Dr Simon O’Rafferty, highlights the opportunities available for businesses and social enterprises, while drawing attention to the regulatory and social challenges in facilitating the transition to a circular economy.

    Moving Towards the Circular Economy in Ireland

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26/04/2017

The Dynamics of Environmental Sustainability and Local Development: Aquaculture (143)
There is great potential for Ireland to develop its aquaculture in the coming decade, with a rich and varied marine landscape, and a long coastline. However, the sector is small in scale, relative to Scotland or Norway, and has been in decline somewhat over the last decade, as it has been across Europe. Sustainable Development in Irish Aquaculture (NESC report No. 143), argues that future Irish aquaculture development can be achieved that balances economic, environmental and social goals. The report, which includes a qualitative study on sustainable development in Irish aquaculture, was commissioned by NESC as part of its sustainability remit. The research, by Dr Patrick Bresnihan, examines how the dynamics of environmental sustainability have been experienced and managed within Irish aquaculture.

27/04/2016

Research Series 11_Valuing Nature–Perspectives and Issues

26/04/2016

Research Series 10_Nature’s Values: From Intrinsic to Instrumental

25/03/2016

Research-Series 9_The Burren Life Programme: An Overview

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.

24/07/2015

Research Series 8_Socially Integrated Housing and Sustainable Urban Communities: Case Studies from Dublin

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.

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.

10/07/2014
Local Policies, Others, Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 11_Financing of Social Housing in Selected European Countries
This paper presents comparisons on the financing of social housing in European countries. It was prepared as a background paper to the 2014 NESC report on social housing, Social Housing at the Crossroads: Possibilities for Investment, Provision and Cost Rental

04/07/2014
Local Policies, Others, Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 10_Review of Irish Social and Affordable Housing Provision
This paper provides a description of social and affordable housing provision in Ireland.

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.

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