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Spending Review 2019

Published: 15 August 2019
From: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

The Spending Review process aims to improve how public expenditure is allocated across all areas of Government. The Spending Review in 2019 resulted in 18 published papers, including 2 papers measuring the social impact of specific schemes and services in the health sector (below).


Social Impact Assessment (SIA): Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS)

This paper focuses on the impact of public expenditure on the Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS). This baseline paper sets out a profile of NHSS participants and details how the scheme operates.


Social Impact Assessment (SIA): Acute Mental Health Services

This baseline paper sets out a profile of the users of mental health services in Ireland. It analyses in-patient population in terms of gender, marital status, age, socio-economic profile, homelessness status, ethnicity and disorder type. It also provides some geographical analysis.


Health Workforce: Consultants Pay and Skills Mix 2012-2017

This paper assess the number of Consultants and the mix of Consultant disciplines employed in the public health system in Ireland. It estimates the annual Exchequer pay bill for Consultants and provides an international comparison in terms of remuneration.



Monitoring Inputs, Outputs and Outcomes in Special Education Needs Provision

This paper examines Special Education Needs Expenditure in Ireland. It provides an overview of trends and efficiency issues, examines the way inputs, outputs and outcomes are monitored in the sector, and proposes a new framework for evaluating outcomes.


School Transport Expenditure

This paper sets out a broad overview of school transport expenditure and trends, examines the key components of school transport expenditure, mainstream and special education expenditure and examines factors driving these costs and affecting the efficiency of the scheme.


Review of Participation in and Costs of Apprenticeships

The objective of this paper is to analyse funding for apprenticeships and examine the cost of delivery and the registrations for programmes.


Income and Employment Supports

Review of Carer’s Supports

This paper analyses trends in expenditure and recipient numbers on carer’s supports to identify key drivers of expenditure. The paper also examines the profile of carers and the people they care for, future pressures and the likely impacts on carer’s supports expenditure.


Lone Parent and In-Work Supports for Families and Children

The paper assesses trends in expenditure and recipients of Lone Parent and In-Work Supports. It details a profile of recipients, reviews scheme inflows and outflows, and sets out a number of key findings arising from the analysis.



Analysis of Social Housing Acquisitions

Building upon previous spending review analysis in the housing sector, this paper assesses the delivery of social housing through acquisitions and includes an assessment of the various delivery mechanisms, the unit cost of delivery, cost efficiency and market interaction.


Enterprise Supports

Focused Policy Assessment of Capital, Employment, and Training Supports: 2005/2006 – 2018

This Focused Policy Assessment (FPA) reviews the direct financial capital, employment and training (CET) supports to industry delivered through Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the IDA.


Analysis of Science Foundation Ireland Research Grants

This paper provides an analytical overview of Science Foundation Ireland’s spending on research grants. It includes an analysis of the overall funding dynamics of SFI, a trend and compositional analysis of awards, and an analysis of SFI activities and outputs, with a focus on leveraged funding, collaborations with industry, and SFI’s development of human capital.



Evaluating the Regional Airports Programme

This paper provides a high-level analysis of efficiency metrics and impacts of Ireland’s Regional Airports Programme (RAP). The RAP provides capital grants and operating subvention to four regional airports in Ireland, as well as public service obligation funding for two domestic air services.


Personal Incentives for Electric Vehicle purchase

This paper examines incentives for personal electric vehicle (EV) purchase in Ireland. It assesses the current level of incentives and the future sustainability of these incentives in the context of national targets for EV purchase.



The Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme

This spending review paper provides an analytical overview of the Green, Low Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) and covers the rationale, efficiency, effectiveness and continued relevance of the scheme.


Beef Data Genomics Programme

This review of the Beef Data Genomics Programme (BDGP) aims to evaluate the impact of the scheme to date in terms of efficiency and effectiveness and to identify aspects of the programme that could be improved.



2016 Heritage Council Review – Assessment of Implementation

This paper reviews the implementation of the recommendations arising from a 2016 review of the Heritage Council. A key driver for this paper is to ensure meaningful implementation of recommendations arising from Departmental evaluations.



Direct Provision: Overview of Current Accommodation Expenditure

This paper assesses direct provision in the context of current accommodation expenditure while also providing an international comparison of similar provision systems.


Government Expenditure

Trends in Public Expenditure

This paper examines trends in, and drivers of, public expenditure over a longer time frame. It builds on similar papers in 2017 and 2018 and provides a useful context and reference point for the range of more in-depth spending review papers.