The relentless rise in the cost of social welfare
Published 21/08/2016 | 02:30
With less than two months before Budget 2017 we have once again arrived at the time of year when tax and spend issues come to the fore.
This week these pages consider the largest single public spending item: social spending - benefit payments and the range of services the State provides to citizens.
Before looking at Irish trends, let's consider the broader international picture on how the welfare state is evolving.