Briefing on national action plan for social inclusion


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The National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 (NAPinclusion) defines the national poverty target and identifies a wide range of targeted actions and interventions to achieve the overall objective of reducing consistent poverty. The plan adopts a life cycle approach with 12 high level goals prioritised for five lifecycle groups: children, people of working age, older people, people with disabilities and communities. It identifies up to 150 actions across Departments and agencies with a remit in social policy, as part of a strategic approach to make a decisive impact on poverty over the period to 2016.

National Social Target for Poverty Reduction

The National Social Target for Poverty Reduction is to reduce consistent poverty to 4 per cent by 2016 (interim target) and to 2 per cent or less by 2020, from the 2010 baseline rate of 6.3 per cent. There are two sub components to the target:

  • A child sub target to lift at least 70,000 children out of consistent poverty by 2020.
  • The Irish contribution to the EU poverty target: which is to lift a minimum of 200,000 people out of the risk of poverty or exclusion by 2020.

Annual Social Inclusion Reports

As part of the monitoring and reporting mechanisms provided for in NAPinclusion, annual Social Inclusion Reports are prepared by the Social Inclusion Division in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, with input from relevant Government Departments.  To date four Social Inclusion Reports have been produced covering the periods 2007, 2008, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 respectively. A fifth report for the years 2013 and 2014 is currently being finalised.

The Social Inclusion Monitor is the official report of progress towards meeting the national social target for poverty reduction, including the sub-target on child poverty and Ireland’s contribution to the Europe 2020 poverty target. It also presents information on supporting indicators of poverty and social exclusion. The latest edition of the Monitor refers to the year 2013, which is the latest data available from the CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (published in January 2015) and from Eurostat (February 2015).

See www.socialinclusion.ie for more information on NAPinclusion and related publications.

Updating NAPinclusion High Level Goals for Extended Timeframe 2015-17

Over the duration of NAPinclusion, Ireland has experienced a major economic recession complicated by banking and fiscal crises. The challenges now are very different to when the plan was drawn up in 2007. Many new strategies have emerged that are relevant to poverty and social inclusion which are not adequately reflected in NAPinclusion. It is therefore recognised that a broader updating of NAPinclusion is necessary. As part of the updating, it has been agreed to extend the lifetime of NAPinclusion by one year, to 2017 to coincide with the interim National Social Target for Poverty Reduction in 2016. It is expected that the results of the CSO SILC 2016 will be published in late 2017.

To facilitate the updating of NAPinclusion, government departments were requested to indicate how the high level goals might be re-formulated. The 2015 Social Inclusion Forum featured a consultation with community and voluntary groups on the current poverty challenges and the key priorities for the period 2015-2017. It is expected that an updated NAPinclusion will be finalised shortly.

Social Inclusion Division
The Social Inclusion Division (SID) has a key responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 (NAPinclusion).

Social Inclusion Division
13th July 2015

Last modified:15/07/2015