The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) is an independent network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union.
Did you know that...
- 14million people live in poverty in the UK? That’s over one in five of the population!
- The number is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9million pensioners.
- Eight million live in families where at least one person is in work.
- The freeze on working-age benefits is forecast to push an additional half a million people into poverty by 2020/21
- More than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty.
- Seven out of the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty is in London.
Source: JRF & End Child Poverty Coalition
Achieving the right to adequate, accessible and enabling Minimum Income Schemes for people of working age
Our current project - EMIN2
EAPN UK has been working with other networks at EU and national levels on minimum income support schemes which provide a safety net for those, whether in or out of work, that have insufficient means of financial support and are not eligible for insurance based social benefits or whose entitlements to these have expired.
They are last resort schemes, which are intended to ensure a minimum standard of living for the concerned individuals and their dependents. The second phase of the project started in 2017 and has involved holding a seminar with civil society organisations at JRF, grass-roots focus-group workshops, preliminary report and a EU Bus tour programme and preparatory events.
There are good reasons to support adequate minimum income schemes. They help people in need to live in dignity and stay active, connected to work and integrated in society. Poor quality schemes lock people in poverty. More equal societies have better health and better well-being. The schemes act as economic stabilisers for countries when times are tough. Good schemes can help to prevent ‘working poor.’ Relatively, schemes don’t cost a lot; by far the biggest bit of the social security budget is retirement pensions.
Find out more here
The European anti-poverty campaign
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الحملة الأوروبية ضد الفقر
is coming to you
22 May 2018, 18.00-20.00: LCS, Melbourne Centre, first floor, suite 21, Highfields, Leicester LE2 0GU
10.30-15.30: Humberstone Gate, Leicester: LE1 1WB: the campaign Bus is open to the public
9.30-12.00: St Martins House, 7, Peacock Lane LE1 5PZ
Sign our petition to support the campaign for adequate, accessible and enabling minimum income.
Read the UK Petition Statement