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European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland
Newsflash Ocotber 2019


EAPN Ireland News

Budget 2020- EAPN Ireland Media Statement:

"Budget 2020 does not go far enough to lift people out of poverty"
Budget 2020 was announced on Tuesday October 8th.
EAPN Ireland welcomed targeted increases to social welfare payments such as the Living Alone Allowance, and increases to income disregards in the One Family payment and Job Seekers Transitional payment,however EAPN Ireland is calling for future increases to welfare payments to be tied to plans by DEASP to bench mark social welfare. We are also calling for the immediate publication of the new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion. Please read full statement here. 

Budget 2020- Making Poverty a Priority
"The Government will never effectively tackle the crisis of poverty if other crises are always given priority".
Please find enclosed a new blog from EAPN Ireland in response to Budget 2020, written by EAPN Ireland Director Paul Ginnell. 

EAPN Ireland members News

ATD Ireland report published- "Does it only happen to me?"

On September 18th All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland  launched the report  ”Does It Only Happen to Me? Living in the shadows of Socio-Economic Discrimination’‘ The report was launched by Senator Lynn Ruane. 

19 recommendations from the report were discussed by attendees at the launch, including members of civil society and people with direct experience of discrimination 

The report calls on the Government and the Oireachtas to speed up the passage of the Private Members Bill introducing the recognition of a tenth ground of discrimination in the Irish Equal Status Act. You can read the full report here and watch a video of the launch event here.

Diversity in Data: Capturing and Representing Diversity in DATA Collection-The Dilemmas 

Hosted by IDEC Ireland,this seminar will present the findings from the participatory health research project: Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland- building the evidence base to address health inequities (EMH-IC), a research conducted by the University of Limerick (UL) in collaboration with the Shannon Family Resource Centre(Shannon FRC). The seminar aims to provide a space to discuss the dilemmas in capturing and representing diversity in data collection. It will explore how to enhance inclusion in the collection, recording, and use of data in order to best serve people and support real participation and inclusion.
Venue: Cois Na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis
Date: November 13th 2019 Time: 9.30-2pm
You can register for the seminar here.


EAPN Europe 

EAPN General Assembly
EAPN recently held its General Assembly meeting in September in Helsinki, Finland. In the political declaration created from that meeting, EAPN called upon the political leadership to implement the commitments they made in the Europe 2020 strategy, underpinned by the SDGs and the Social Pillar. European leaders must address in-work poverty and create a framework to guarantee adequate minimum wages. Furthermore, there must be a 'just transition' which protects people experiencing poverty built into the European Green New Deal. Read the full declaration here.

Actions Speak louder than words. What Values will Von Der Leyen really Uphold?

Cosigned by 20+ European organizations, this op-ed calls on Commission President-elect von der Leyen to create a fairer, greener, inclusive and prosperous Europe with human rights, equality, and social and environmental justice as the key priorities.The European Anti-Poverty Network, along with numerous other organizations, want this Commission to focus on social inclusion, democracy, poverty eradication and climate action. Democracy is being eroded before our very eyes, and the time for action is now. Read the op-ed to learn more.

EU Institutions News 

Sustainable Growth for all- Choices for the Future of
Social Europe  | Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2019 Report  

The 2019 annual edition of Employment and Social Developments in Europe, titled "Sustainable Growth for All: Choices for the Future of Social Europe," is a reflection of EU priorities with a theme of sustainability and a focus on its social dimension. It looks at the EU role to "protect and enhance citizens' living standards while pursuing an ambitious transition to an environmentally sustainable economy." This is a core report for the EU, and it highlights the priorities of preserving the EU's competitiveness, sustaining growth for the entire EU population and future generations, and transitioning to a climate-neutral economy. Read the report here

European Union and International Labour Organisation: Shaping the Future of Work /EMPL Committee Study
This joint study by the European Union and the International Labour Organisation coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ILO in 1919. This report focuses on the history of EU-ILO collaboration, which started in 1958 and has helped shaped the focus on high quality jobs, social security and trade unions, as well as on green jobs and sustainable development. This collaboration has shaped the EU ideology to be progressive, democratic, and open-minded. The second half of the report focuses on the 4th industrial revolution and the development of automation and technology, which expects to eliminate 10% of existing jobs. The ILO and the EU address the challenges and the positive impacts of technological innovation. Read the full report here.


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EAPN (European Anti-Poverty Network) Ireland is a network of anti-poverty groups working to put the eradication of poverty at the top of the EU and Irish agenda through information, training, advocacy and networking. Web: 
EAPN Ireland staff e-mail addresses are:
Paul Ginnell, Director,    
Irene Byrne, Policy and Communications Office
Maureen Gondipon, Administration and Finance Officer, 

EAPN Ireland CLG is core funded by the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development through Pobal.

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