EAPN Joint Paper

On 28th May, the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland’s Working Group for Basic Necessities, which ATD Ireland is a member of, published a briefing note, “Addressing the Problem of Income Inadequacy and Meeting Basic Needs”, highlighting the link between income inadequacy and the increasing demand from people for basic necessities as provided by the Community and Voluntary sector.

The briefing note reveals how low-income households are being forced to make difficult choices, such as paying rent and utility bills, leaving little remaining income for other expenses. As a result, people are having to rely on supports provided by charities and community organisations in order to meet basic needs. This type of material deprivation represents a high level of inequality across Ireland. The briefing suggests a series of recommendations for the Government in order to address income inadequacy and poverty.

You can find the paper here.

Members of the Working Group for Basic Necessities include:

ATD Fourth World
Disability Federation of Ireland
The European Anti Poverty Network Ireland
Galway Rural Development CLG
The Hygiene Bank Dublin
Independent Living Movement Ireland
Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
Knockanrawley Resource Centre CLG
National Traveller MABS
NICHE Health Project (Cork) CLG
North Clondalkin Community Development Programme
NEWKD (North East & West Kerry Development)
The Rights Platform
South Dublin County Partnership
St. Vincent De Paul