“With 800,000 in poverty, 700,000 on healthcare waiting lists and 10,000 homeless, its time to tackle Ireland’s inequality”
Social Justice Ireland have published a July 2018 Inequality Policy Briefing with suggestions on how to reduce Ireland’s inequality.
Social Justice Ireland outline the negative effects of inequality, such as:
- lower and more unstable economic growth
- rising household debt
- distortion of housing market
- inhibition of social and economic mobility
- factor in the persistent poverty
They point to globalisation, financialisation and ‘trickle-down’ economics as causes of inequality.
The briefing makes the following policy suggestions to reduce inequality in Ireland:
- Improve information and transparency
- Strengthen worker protections
- Tackle tax avoidance
- Do more to promote gender equality