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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.

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.

08/11/2013
Economy and Finance, Others, Single Market

Secretariat Paper 9_Consumer Prices

07/11/2013
Economy and Finance, Others

Ireland's Five-Part Crisis, Five Years On: Deepening Reform and Institutional Innovation (135)
In 2009, NESC published Ireland’s Five Part Crisis and Challenge. Nearly five years later, the current report Ireland’s Five Part Crisis, Five Years On — Deepening Reform and Institutional Innovation points to some key areas of recovery: significant fiscal consolidation, some recovery of competitiveness, export growth and the resilience of Foreign Direct Investment. However, it also notes that domestic and international factors continue to constrain recovery, in particular the fragility of global growth, weakness in the Euro area, low levels of investment, high levels of overhanging debt and the scale of unemployment.

07/11/2013
Labour

Secretariat Paper 8_Activation

06/11/2013
Climate Change, Local Policies, Others, Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 7_Greening the Economy: Challenges and Possibilities for Integrating Sustainability into Core Government Policy

05/11/2013
Economy and Finance, Industrial Changes, Labour

Secretariat Paper 6_Employment and Enterprise Policy

04/11/2013
Economy and Finance

Secretariat Paper 5_Review of Developments in Banking and Finance

14/05/2013
Social Policies

The Social Dimensions of the Crisis: The Evidence and its Implications (134)
In its report on The Social Dimensions of the Crisis: The Evidence and its Implications NESC highlights a broad range of social impacts of the economic crisis and the subsequent fiscal adjustments, including: details of who is affected by unemployment; falls in income and wealth; the spectre of over-indebtedness; as well as the impact on public service provision and community facilities.

27/02/2013
Climate Change

Secretariat Paper 4_Ireland and the Climate Change Challenge: Connecting 'How Much' with 'How To'
The NESC Secretariat, at the request of the The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has undertaken analysis to inform the development of Irish climate change policy. The NESC Climate Change project includes the development of potential policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, transport, heat in buildings and renewable energy supply; and, a basis for a national transition to a low-carbon future by 2050.

21/11/2012
Local Policies, Social Policies

Achieving Quality in Ireland's Human Services - a Synthesis Report(133)
High quality public services demand much more than minimum compliance with rules and regulations. For human services, such as eldercare and disability, we need to use regulation and standards that focus on performance and outcomes.

15/10/2012
Local Policies, Social Policies

Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland: Disabililty Services (132)
High quality public services demand much more than minimum compliance with rules and regulations. For human services, such as eldercare and disability, we need to use regulation and standards that focus on performance and outcomes.

01/09/2012
Local Policies, Social Policies

Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland: End of Life Care in Hospitals (131)
High quality public services demand much more than minimum compliance with rules and regulations. For human services, such as eldercare and disability, we need to use regulation and standards that focus on performance and outcomes.

30/08/2012
Local Policies, Social Policies

Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland: Home Care for Older People (130)
High quality public services demand much more than minimum compliance with rules and regulations. For human services, such as eldercare and disability, we need to use regulation and standards that focus on performance and outcomes.

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