An Assessment of the Financial Incentive to Work of Recipients of Illness and Disability Schemes

This paper analyses the financial incentive faced by people with disabilities (PWD) on the Department of Social Protection’s (D/SP) main disability and illness related schemes to take up employment or if employed to increase labour market participation. These include Disability Allowance (DA), Illness Benefit (IB), Invalidity Pension (IP) and Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB). The study has been prepared as an analytical input into the work of the Making Work Pay for People with Disabilities Interdepartmental Working Group Report.

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EU Fiscal Rules and International Expenditure Rules

The purpose of the paper is to review the new EU framework for fiscal governance and its importance for expenditure management. This paper considers the current EU fiscal framework and, in particular, the requirements of the Preventive Arm of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). The paper contains an analysis of the impacts that long-established expenditure rules may have on public investment, as well as a theoretical application of the Expenditure Benchmark (EB) and a range of expenditure rules to the actual expenditure position in Ireland from 2003 onwards.

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Governance Framework & Processes of The Health Sector in Ireland

This paper looks at the legislation that underpins the governance of the Health services in Ireland. It identifies the recent major amendments to the Health Act, namely the HSE Governance Act and the Financial Matters Act 2013. It outlines the process that the voted health expenditure is subject to and highlights the key components of the national service plan.  The paper outlines the powers the Minister for Health has in relation to the performance of the HSE and the responsibilities of the Director General and the Secretary General in relation to same.

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Long Term Trends in Irish Healthcare

This paper aims to take a step back from day-to-day analysis and look at long-term trends in Irish healthcare over recent decades.  Section 1 focuses on population outcomes (life expectancy, health status) while Section 2 focuses on the expenditure input that underlies these.  Overall, the report shows that life expectancy improved rapidly in response to investment during the late nineties and early 2000s but is unlikely to respond similarly in future with the easy gains from increasing spending now exhausted.

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