Social impact assessment of the main welfare and tax measures for 2015

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This social impact assessment examines the main welfare and tax measures for 2015, including the new water charges package.

Social impact assessment is an evidence-based methodology which estimates the likely effects of welfare and tax policies on households across income levels and social groups.

The assessment supports the implementation of the national social target for poverty reduction and contributes to public understanding of the distributive impact of budgetary policy.

The assessment was prepared by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, which is responsible for the welfare component of the Budget. It is based on the tax/welfare micro simulation model SWITCH developed by the Economic and Social Research Institute. Responsibility for the analysis rests solely with the Department.



Last modified:02/02/2015

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