National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016

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The National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007 – 2016 (NAPinclusion) represents a wide-ranging and comprehensive programme of action to address social exclusion. It sets out a coherent and comprehensive approach for the next ten years coinciding with the timescale of Towards 2016. It is also closely linked to the new National Development Plan.
The NAPinclusion uses a lifecycle approach, as set out by National Economic and Social Council (NESC) in its report, The Developmental Welfare State This approach was adopted by the national partnership agreement Towards 2016 as a means to tackling the problems people face at different stages of their lives and is also reflected in the social inclusion elements of the new National Development Plan. The lifecycle approach places the individual at the centre of policy development and delivery and offers a framework for implementing a streamlined, cross-cutting and visible approach to tackling poverty and social exclusion. The lifecycle stages are
  • children;
  • people of working age;
  • older people; and
  • people with disabilities.
In addition, the NAPinclusion contains a chapter on communities in which targets and actions which cut across various stages of the lifecycle are included.

National Poverty Target in NAPinclusion

The overall poverty reduction goal in the NAPinclusion is to reduce the number of those experiencing consistent poverty to between 2% and 4% by 2012, with the aim of eliminating consistent poverty by 2016, under the revised definition.

High Level Goals in NAPinclusion

The NAPinclusion identifies 12 high level strategic goals in certain key areas across the lifecycle in order to mobilise resources to address long-standing and serious social deficits to achieve the overall objective of reducing consistent poverty.
The high level goals focus on:
  • ensuring children reach their true potential;
  • supporting working age people and people with disabilities, through activation measures and the provision of services to increase employment and participation;
  • providing the type of supports that enable older people to maintain a comfortable and high-quality standard of living;
  • building viable and sustainable communities, improving the lives of people living in disadvantaged areas and building social capital.
Last modified:21/01/2013