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OECD: one in 11 Irish people say they have not enough money to buy food.

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A new OECD report on Ireland (part of a bigger study released today) is summarised here:


The tables are worth looking through - the formatting makes it tricky to copy them in here.

Health expenditure per capita is shown as steady at €3700 which seems surprising. EU average €3200.

Young people not in employment, education or training in Ireland is now at 16.7%. The EU average is 12.7%.

The Irish Times (Colm Keena) writes about the report here.:

"The report highlights the impact of the crisis across a range of indicators:

- The number of people living in households without any income from work has doubled in Greece, Ireland and Spain, and risen by 20 per cent or more in Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovenia and the United States.

- Poorer households have lost greater shares of their incomes than the better-off or benefited less in the recovery – particularly in Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

- Young people are at greater risk of poverty than before the crisis: the share of 18-25 year-olds in households with incomes below half the national median has climbed in most countries – by 5 percentage points in Estonia, Spain and Turkey, by 4 points in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and by 3 points in Greece and Italy.

- The share of people who report that they cannot afford to buy enough food increased in 23 countries, particularly in Greece and Hungary, but also in the United States."

The Times version doesn't list Ireland there, maybe because this part of their story is taken from the OECD press release. The OECD report shows that the percentage of people in Ireland saying they did not have enough to buy food pre crisis was 4.2%. Now it is at 9%. The EU average is 11.5% (9.5% pre crisis)

There is a report with further details in the Irish Examiner (by Ann Cahill) here. She cites the report as finding a reduction in health spending of 7% (hard to see from the tables above) and she also says:

"Incomes in the average Irish household have fallen 50% while the numbers living in households with no adult working went from among the lowest of developed countries to second, behind only Greece."

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Is this health spend of individual? I'm not surprised that it is higher than eu average as many other eu countries have decent public health and so don't need health insurance, and the decrease in spending is due to people cutting back on their private cover which of course means that in the absence of decent public service that they are essentially without any health cover at all. And in this environment medical cards are being withdrawn more and more!

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