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   Social Inclusion Monitor 2012

The purpose of the Social Inclusion Monitor is to report officially on progress towards the national social target for poverty reduction - to reduce consistent poverty to 4 per cent by 2016 and to 2 per cent or less by 2020 - and the new sub-target on child poverty. It also charts Ireland’s contribution to the Europe 2020 poverty target – to lift 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and social exclusion by 2020 - and on other relevant indicators of poverty and social exclusion. The Monitor is primarily based on data from the CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions 2012.

Key findings

  • The economic crisis worsened in 2012, with unemployment reaching 14.7 per cent, while long-term and household joblessness also increased. Welfare provision was largely maintained, despite the requirement for expenditure savings.
  • The social impact of the crisis was reflected in an increase in most poverty and social exclusion indicators, with the upward trend in basic deprivation especially noticeable.
  • Against this challenging backdrop, social transfers performed strongly in reducing at-risk-of-poverty from 39 per cent to 16.5 per cent, a reduction of 57.7 per cent. Ireland remains among the best performing EU countries on this indicator.
  • Other positive outcomes were the largely unchanged level of income inequality, while both in-work poverty and financial exclusion fell.
  • The connection between unemployment and poverty was intensified, with over 80 per cent of those in consistent poverty – the priority group for poverty monitoring - living in households with little or no work. This highlights the importance of reducing unemployment as a route out of poverty.
  • Spatially, consistent poverty was more prevalent in the Border, South-East and South-West regions, along with small and medium towns.


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Social Inclusion Monitor 2012


Matching Funding for Projects funded by EU

Commission under the Social Protection/Social

Inclusion Strand of the PROGRESS Axis of the

Programme for Employment and Social

Innovation 2014-2020

New call for proposals under the Social Protection

/Social Inclusion strand of the EU PROGRESS

programme 28 August 2014

United Nations International Day for the

Eradication of Poverty 17th October 2014 -

Public Awareness Funding Initiative, closing date 12.00pm 28 May 2014

Social Inclusion Report: Incorporating Annual

Reports for 2011 and 2012

Social Transfers and Poverty Alleviation in Ireland

11 December 2013

Report of Social Inclusion Forum 2013
‘Implementing the Social Dimension of Europe

2020’ 26 March 2013


Quick links to Publications

Technical Paper: Trends in Economic Stress

and the Great Recession in ireland PDF document

National Social Report 2014 PDF document

Social Inclusion Report: Incorporating Annual

Reports for 2011and 2012 PDF document

Table of Actions: Annual Reports for

2011 & 2012 PDF document

Report of Social Inclusion Forum 2013
‘Implementing the Social Dimension of

Europe 2020 PDF document

Technical Paper on Implications of Income

Pooling and Household Decision-making for the Measurement of Poverty and Deprivation
An Analysis of the SILC 2010 Special Module for

Ireland PDF document


Social Inclusion Monitor PDF document

Work and Poverty in Ireland: an Analysis of the

CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions

2004-2010 PDF document

Policy Briefing on Work and Poverty in Ireland PDF document

National Social Target for Poverty Reduction PDF document

Policy Briefing on the Review of the National

Poverty Target PDF document

National Action Plan for Social Inclusion

2007 - 2016.PDF document

Department of Social Protection, Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
An Roinn Coimirce Sóisialaí, Teach Gandon, Sráid Amiens, Baile Átha Cliath 1, Éire.


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