Poverty Alliance urges UK Government to re-think child poverty strategy

26/06/2014 – Following the publication of the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17, the Poverty Alliance has called on the UK Government to re-think their approach to child poverty. The current strategy ignores the macro-economic context and the demand side of the labour market, choosing instead to focus on the individual causes of poverty. The strategy also pays no regard to independent child poverty predictions and focuses too heavily on work as a way out of poverty. 

BAPN: BMIN holds conference on adequate and accessible minimum income

10/06/2014 – BMIN (Belgian Minimum Income Network) organized the conference “Towards the progressive realization of an adequate and accessible minimum income.” The first results of the project were presented as well as BMIN’s recommendations for European and national levels. The following political parties took part in the conference: CDH, Ecolo, FDF, Groen, MR, N-VA, PVDA, Sp.a and PS. All parties confirmed the need for a strong minimum income above the poverty line, and recognized the importance of easy access to minimum income, inter alia, through the automatic granting of rights. Several parties also reaffirmed the target to take 530,000 people out of poverty by 2020  If political parties keep their promise, then the punitive conditions that restrict peoples access to minimum income schemes should be removed.   

The Poverty Alliance (EAPN Scotland): New Statistics Show Increasing In-Work Poverty in Scotland

01/07/2014 – Today‚Äôs figures published by the Scottish Government on Poverty and Inequality show a rise in the number of people in Scotland living in poverty, and highlights the continuing increase in in-work poverty.  In 2012/13, 16 per cent of people in Scotland were living in poverty, compared with 14 per cent the previous year.  In real terms, this means that there are now 820,000 individuals are now living in poverty in Scotland. 

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.