Social impact assessment of the main welfare and direct tax measures in Budget 2013


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​This is a social impact assessment of the main welfare and direct tax measures in Budget 2013, valued at almost €1 billion. In particular, it considers the budgetary impact on the key role of social transfers in reducing the at-risk-of-poverty rate. In 2011, all social transfers reduced the at-risk-of-poverty rate from 51 per cent to 16 per cent.


Social impact assessment is an evidence-based methodology to estimate the likely distributive effects of policy proposals on income and social inequalities, which builds on the practice of poverty impact assessment.

The assessment is based on the tax/welfare microsimulation model (Switch) developed by the Economic and Social Research Institute. Responsibility for the results and their interpretation rests solely with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

It is hoped that the publication of this assessment will inform public discourse about budgetary choices, and will contribute to the policy making process for Budget 2014.

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Last modified:27/03/2013
 

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