IRELAND - On the day the pensions green paper was released the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Martin Cullen has launched a book calling for the next phase of pension reform should focus on targets related to relative income poverty.
The book reviewed the impact of welfare policy on poverty over the past two decades and brought together the perspectives of a range of authors on specific policy areas including health, education, children, migrants and older people.
The pension chapter called for future policy and research to reflect the experience and views of older people in defining what poverty and deprivation mean at this stage of the lifecycle.
It explained that the core of the future pension system should be the state pension, and the first tier should be substantially improved.
The next phase of pension reform should focus on targets related to relative income poverty.
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