Despite unprecedented economic growth, substantial improvements in living standards and the achievement of full employment, Ireland still faces considerable challenges in ensuring the welfare of all its people.
For many, economic growth has not been matched by improvements in living standards, and there remains a segment of the population that is unable to escape from circumstances of severe disadvantage and exclusion.
Welfare Policy and Poverty reviews social welfare policy in Ireland over the past two decades and assesses its effectiveness in reducing poverty and social exclusion. It presents a thorough analysis of poverty trends over the period and examines the extent to which these have been influenced by social welfare policies and anti-poverty targets.
With contributions from a number of high profile authors, a comprehensive history of social policy development across a range of areas including health, education and disability unfolds, as well as insights into emerging issues in Irish society such as immigration. Drawing lessons from the past, each chapter contains proposals for future reform with a view to stimulating and informing debate.
This book marks several major milestones in the struggle to combat poverty in Ireland - the twentieth anniversary of the report of the Commission on Social Welfare, the twentieth anniversary of the Combat Poverty Agency and the tenth anniversary of the first National Anti-Poverty Strategy.