CILAP (EAPN Italy) in GRUNDTVIG Learning partnership Increasing Participation and Citizenship in Europe (ICE) Transnational Meeting on Prison and Poverty

AVELLINO 16 -19 January, 2014 – CILAP (EAPN Italy) co-organised the transnational Meeting Learning partnership Increasing Participation and Citizenship in Europe (ICE) entitled “Prison and Poverty – Tools and methodologies of participation”. This meeting is one of the 4 transnational events of the Grundtvig project “Increasing participation and Citizenship in Europe” (ICE). People in poverty, convicts and ex-convicts, people working with them or other disadvantaged groups, i.e. community operators and organizers, social workers, social cooperatives, associations attended the event, as well as people coming from the partners countries: Hungary, the Netherlands and Austria.

EAPN Ireland: Anti Poverty Network discusses Troika-Government Programme with European Parliament delegation

The cumulative impact of unemployment, service cuts, exclusions from eligibility for benefits and increases in costs for people on low income are deepening poverty and destitution. We need a new direction to create a more inclusive and equal Ireland.

17/01/2014 – A delegation from  the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland, along with the Society of St Vincent de Paul, today met with the fact-finding mission from the European Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee to discuss the legacy of the Economic Adjustment Programme agreed between the ‘Troika’ and the Irish Government.

Praksis (member of EAPN Greece) release their publication and video Plus To Minus

Dec 2013 – The effects of the Greek financial crisis, the rate of layoffs, the increasing rate of taxation, pay cuts and pensions reductions, the recorded loss of property due to lack of ability to repay bank loans along with the general financial insecurity arising from pension reforms, have created an unusual alarming phenomenon: the rise of poverty and precarious conditions for a substantial amount of households in Greece that were self-sufficient up to now and are now facing the terrifying reality of homelessness.The publication gives key data on poverty in Greece and other EU countries. It goes along with a short 36-second video.

Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform (MAPP) holds Meeting of People experiencing poverty

24/12/2013 – As part of the joint initiative Decent Minimum Income with other stakeholders, the MAPP held its 3rd Meeting of People experiencing poverty and social exclusion under the tile of “Dignified life for all citizens” in Hotel Porta, in Skopje. The main goals of the meeting were to ensure democratic debate amongst all concerned parties and active involvement in decision making for people living in poverty and social exclusion.

The Poverty Alliance, (Scottish member of EAPN UK): New Living Wage Figure Announced For Scotland

04/11 – As part of the annual ‘Living Wage Week’, the Scottish Living Wage Campaign and the Living Wage Foundation has announced the new living wage figure will be £7.65 an hour for the coming year, an increase of 20p. More than 400 companies and organisations across the UK are now officially accredited Living Wage Employers. Living Wage Week will highlight the benefits that the living wage brings for both companies and employees.