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Social Housing in Northern Ireland

Posted on March 03, 2016 by Paul Mac Flynn

Publication cover - NERI Research inBrief Housing - Cover image for neri_research_inbrief_housing.pdf
Cover image for neri_research_inbrief_housing.pdf

Social housing in Northern Ireland faces unique challenges over the coming years in terms of capacity, finance and delivery. Moreover there are questions over the structure of organisation who deliver social housing and how that could be amended to best suit future needs.
This InBrief looks to evaluate current social housing policy and whether Northern Ireland should look beyond the UK for best practice.
KEY POINTS

  • Northern Ireland is not at present providing an adequate supply of social housing.
  • Schemes for tenant purchase of social housing have depleted stock and should be suspended.
  • The reclassification of Housing Associations as public bodies disrupts the current financial model and calls into question the future role of the NIHE
  • There should be a broader role for Housing Associations beyond providing for low-income households.

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NERI Labour Market Conference 2016

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

University of Limerick - NERI Labour Market Conference in Kemmy Business School, University Limerick
NERI Labour Market Conference in Kemmy Business School, University Limerick

Call for papers
The fourth annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Friday 13th May in association with University of Limerick Department of Economics at the Kemmy Business School . The conference will run from 11:00am-16.30pm and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy.

The NERI Labour Market Conference is intended to provide a forum for the presentation of research papers on labour market issues (North and South) and is held in May each year. Presentations from researchers, academics, and labour market practitioners are invited for this forthcoming conference. Those interested should submit a title and brief abstract (max 400 words) to tom.mcdonnell@nerinstitute.net

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Tackling Economic Inequality

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Economic Inequality

One could write a book, indeed volumes, on the topic of economic inequality and its possible causes, implications and remedies. In a blog (based on a short input to a recent conference) it is only possible to point towards a number of key issues; specifically six core areas relevant to our thinking on how we might more comprehensively tackle economic inequality. The list is not intended to be either ordered or all-encompassing, rather it offers a number of policy pointers – particularly relevant to the evolving policy positions and thinking of various political parties in advance of Election 2016.

1. Jobs and Long-term Unemployment

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Minimum Wage Increase - who gains?

Posted on January 05, 2016 by Micheál Collins

January 1st saw a 50 cent  increase in the hourly Minimum Wage; the first since 2011. The increase to €9.15 per hour follows the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission.

A recent NERI Research inBrief estimates some of the effects of this increase. Specifically, it examines the average impact on the gross pay of minimum wage employees and the overall increase in the level of earnings for these employees.

The key points from the analysis are:

  • 75,000 employees work at the minimum wage.
  • Most are women (65%), most are aged in their 20s and 30s and large proportions of these employees work in sectors such as accommodation and food and wholesale and retail.
  • A 50 cent per hour increase in the minimum wage will result in:

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Life on low pay – new insights

Posted on December 02, 2015 by Micheál Collins

Publication cover - NERI Research inBrief Low Pay Dec 2015 - Cover image for NERI Research inBrief Low Pay Dec 2015
Cover image for NERI Research inBrief Low Pay Dec 2015

The latest NERI Research inBrief looks at those who are on low pay in the Republic of Ireland. Its key points are

 Low pay is more common among:

-   female workers;
-   younger workers;
-   those in the retail, hotel and security sectors;
-   single parents; and
-   those on temporary contracts.

At the household level, a higher proportion of low paid employees are living in households that struggle financially, borrow for day to day living costs and experience deprivation.

The chart presents some of the results of this analysis and compares the living standards experience of those on low pay with that experiences by employees in general.

 Overall,

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UK Autumn Statement and Spending Review

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Paul Mac Flynn

The Autumn Statement delivered today by Chancellor of The Exchequer George Osborne will in all likelihood be remembered for one significant U-turn. The dramatic reversal on planned changes to tax credits represents a big win for opponents of the policy in Westminster and beyond. The total proposed saving from tax credits was to be £4.4bn UK wide. The changes would have affected over 120,000 households in Northern Ireland and would have seen incomes reduced by up to £1600 per annum. At the time of the Summer Budget, the tax credit changes were justified on the basis that other policy announcements would compensate for the loss. Chief among these was the introduction of the National Living Wage. Clearly this proposition has been abandoned and the 2015 NERI Winter Quarterly Economic Observer will outline why the National Living Wage could never have compensate for the loss of tax credits.See here

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Changes in employment levels by sector before, during and after the recession

Posted on November 05, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Enterprise Walk - NERI blog: Changes in employment levels by sector before, during and after the recession
NERI blog: Changes in employment levels by sector before, during and after the recession

Recent changes in employment

The latest figures from the Quarterly National Household Survey show employment increasing in almost all sectors of the economy. The stand-out figure is employment growth of 18.5 per cent in the construction sector over the twelve months ending in June 2015. A rise in employment was recorded in all but three areas of the economy over the same period, with small—less than one percent—decreases in hospitality, administrative and support services, and education.

Broad based job growth in the second quarter of the year marks eleven consecutive quarters of employment increases and this trend looks set to continue into 2016 where we forecast a year-on-year increase of two per cent (see the Quarterly Economic Observer, Autumn 2015 ).

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Youth Unemployment - A broader view

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Paul Mac Flynn

Youth unemployment remains one of the most enduring and destructive legacies of the financial crash and the great recession that followed it. Rates of unemployment among young people (those aged under 25) increased dramatically over the 2007 - 2009 period. The NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts indicator 2.4 shows youth unemployment rates across the 28 members of the EU and the contrasting fortunes of Germany where the rate is 7% and Spain where the rate is 48.6%. Youth unemployment is generally higher than unemployment for the working age population as a whole in both good and bad economic periods and the gap between Germany and Spain broadly reflects the impact of the recession on both these economies. However it would be misleading to think that the recent economic downturn is the only reason for such a wide gap. Countries like Greece and Spain have historically had much higher rates of youth unemployment for structural reasons. Countries like Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands have a fully developed system of vocational education which provides options for young people who do not

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Who Gains for a Minimum Wage Increase?

Posted on October 06, 2015 by Micheál Collins

As part of next week’s Budget the Government is likely to announce an increase to the statutory Minimum Wage. The increase follows the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission.

The latest NERI Research inBrief estimates some of the effects of the proposed increase in the minimum wage. Specifically, it examines the average impact on the gross pay of minimum wage employees and the overall increase in the level of earnings for these employees.

The key points from the analysis are:

  • 75,000 employees work at the minimum wage.
  • Most are women (65%), most are aged in their 20s and 30s and large proportions of these employees work in sectors such as accommodation and food and wholesale and retail.

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Is Ireland’s Welfare System Excessively Generous?

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Micheál Collins

Earlier this week, the OECD launched their new Economic Survey of Ireland and noted both progress and challenges for the economy since their last assessment in 2013.

The report notes the significant role played by the redistribution system (taxes and in particular transfers) in reducing the underlying level of market income inequality. It also points towards some challenges for households on low incomes who, in situations where they are in receipt of payments like rent supplement, face limited monetary gains when taking up work (often in low paid sectors of the labour market). To quote the report and its suggested policy implications:

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