Poverty Alliance welcomes report from Expert Working Group on Welfare Reform

04/06/2014 – The Poverty Alliance has responded to the report published today by the Expert Working Group on Welfare Reform. The Group was established to advise the Scottish Government on the principles that should underpin the welfare system in an independent Scotland.  Their first report looked at the practicalities of delivering pensions and social security payments. 

EAPN Spain: 2014 National Reform Programmes and the Recommendation of the European Council

The European Council gives warning to Spain regarding falling income and rising poverty and inequality

03/06/2014 – EAPN Spain has recently discovered the Recommendations of the European Council on the Spanish Government’s NRP. First, the measures outlined will involve a higher level of cuts in order to keep adjusting the deficit. If the implementation of this recommendation does not take into account the negative social impacts, inequality rates, adult and youth unemployment, poverty and social exclusion rates will inevitably keep rising. Second, the Council is aware of the acute social problems in Spain, and is asking the Spanish Government to may more attention to it. 

FNARS (member of EAPN France): press conference and mobilisation call on Government to put (back) vulnerable people at the heart of its agenda

Despite numerous alerts sent by organisations to the Government on the social difficulties throughout the country, the Collectif des Associations Unies (United organisations network) deplores the lack of consideration of the Government as to people living in poverty and in poor housing. As a result, the organisations part of the Collectif will mobilise next Monday, Whit Monday, a day “of solidarity”, calling on the Government to put (back( vulnerable people at the heart of its agenda. 

EAPN Spain: Retouching statistical data relative poverty – 27.3% of Spain’s population lives at risk of poverty and social exclusion

28/05/2014 – Yesterday new data from INE Survey of Quality of Life ( CVD) were published. 2013 final data , with the headline “In the last year, the population at risk of poverty has fallen to 20.4 % compared to 20.8 % last year.” This holder contains two distortions. The first is the so-called statistical effect: poverty is called “relative ” because it is related to the level of the average household income. And in Spain , the average household income has done nothing but fall since 2008 , from 30,045 euros then to the 27,747 euros now. It decreased in 3.5 % only in the last year. That means the poverty line has moved down has well. That actually means that the less we earn, the poorer we are, … the lower the percentage of ” relative poverty”. But therefore, those on fixed income, such as pensioners and retirees, with households ‘theoretically” individual, have gone over that threshold, even if only of a few euros. With this calculation , in 2009 , 23.8 % of older people were in relative poverty and only only 12.7 % today ! Likewise, according to that calculation,child poverty has dropped since 2009,from 28.9% of those under 16 years, to 26.7 % now.

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EAPN Serbia: Urgent call for help

20/05/2014 – Dear colleagues, in past weeks Serbia has suffered from the worst floods in the last 120 years. Entire cities are destroyed and thousands of mainly socially endangered households are suffering from the consequences. In order to ensure the system of collecting humanitarian aid/financial donations, the Government of the Republic of Serbia established the mechanisms of collecting funds via Pay Pal system. All members of Antipoverty Network Serbia are involved in disseminatiing the information, collecting donations, providing voluntary support to the endangered persons. #Serbiafloods