We are in the middle of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
Did you know that the United Kingdom has a higher proportion of its children living in workless households than any other European Union country?
You can find more details on The Poverty Site.
Willy Steppe doesn’t have a permanent address. Like a growing number of EU citizens he was driven into homelessness after his business went bust. Around 85 million EU citizens are living on the poverty line. The European Parliament is hoping to combat this with a series of reports, and a proposal for a European minimum wage.
To find out more about the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion go to the EY10 website.
The rich-poor gap in the United Kingdom is wider now than it was 40 years ago. The richest 10% of the population are also more than 100 times as wealthy as the poorest 10% of society.
These are statements from a government-commissioned report by the National Equality Panel: “An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK”.
Read a BBC article on this: Rich-poor divide ‘wider than 40 years ago’
Read a Guardian article on this: Unequal Britain
You can download the full report,a summary, charts and statistcs here.
The European Union has named 2010 the European Year For Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
“The key objectives are to raise public awareness about these issues and renew the political commitment of the EU and its Member States to combat poverty and social exclusion.”
EuroparlTV says about one of their videos: “In 2007, 79 million people in Europe were living below the poverty line, and that was before the economic crisis hit. We discuss the situation in Europe with Fintan Farrell, director of an anti-poverty NGO. He tells us where the EU’s strategies have gone wrong and what he hopes will be achieved during 2010, the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.” Watch the video here.
Thw first issue of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion newsletter explores European citizens’ perceptions of poverty and social exclusion compared to reality, and reports on a recent conference on this theme.
Together with news events and upcoming key dates, you will also find examples of good practice projects from across the EU.
Read the newsletter by clicking here.