Share of social protection expenditure related to old age lowest in Ireland

New Eurostat figures show that in 2015 the share of government spending on social protection was below the EU average (40.6%) in Ireland (32.7%). The main reason for this was that spending on old age (mainly pensions) in Ireland (8.2%) was well below the EU average (21.7%) and the lowest in the EU. However, Ireland spent more on family and children (6.6% compared to 3.7%) and on unemployment (6.3% compared to 2.9%) than the EU averages. Spending on health as a share of government expenditure was also above average in Ireland at 19.3% compared to an EU average of 15.2% as was spending on education (12.4% compared to an EU average of 10.3%).

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