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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 


EAPN UK Poverty Watch 2020: Supercharging Poverty?

A new EAPN UK publication presents the impact of Covid-19 and policies to combat it on people already more at risk of poverty and disadvantage. Poverty Watch 2020's main message (and key conclusions) is of 2020 as the year of ‘supercharging’ poverty'. 

Some highlights

Mortality due to Covid-19:

  • 4/5 of those who have died are of white backgrounds
  • Frail, elderly, people with co-morbidities and men, most at risk
  • Big overlap of poor jobs in poor sectors and working-age deaths from Covid 19
  • Risk of death for people of BAME background is more than 2 x  people of white backgrounds - even after all adjustments for sociodemographic, region, population density and household differences
  • People with a disability are also more than twice as likely to die, after adjusting for differences as above
  • People living in the 10% most deprived areas are twice as likely to die as in 10% least deprived

 Key findings: social assistance for people of working age: after Covid-19:

  • Massive rise in claims for Universal Credit from furloughed and sacked workers, now 4 million claimants
  • Temporary £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit amounts, due to finish October 31
  • Uplift did not go to people still on ‘Legacy Benefits’  (the 6 old social assistance benefits) mainly single parents, long-term unemployed people and people with a disability
  • 120% increase in food parcels to children in first 2 months of Covid-19 lockdown
  • ONS forecast unemployment to rise from <3% to 12% by December 2020

Poverty Watch 2020 was published in September 2020. 

To read more please click here


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17 October 2020 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | #EndPoverty #PovertyWatch

October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Now, more than ever, the situation calls for urgent action. Amid the Covid pandemic, the most vulnerable in our societies face the greatest challenges. EAPN and our members are concerned that poverty will increase to an alarming level due to the virus. We should keep working on short- and long-term strategies that will enable people to escape poverty and make sure they don’t pay the price for the current crisis. Moreover, we should all keep fighting for a more social and inclusive Europe post-2020. (EAPN EU)

In the UK, Poverty Alliance has organised various events in the context of the Challenge Poverty Week - which in England is from 12 to 18 October 2020. Challenge Poverty Week is the ideal opportunity to raise your voice against poverty and unite with others in calling for a more social Scotland - and England. It is overall a very constructive initiative in the run up to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Activities in Scotland include:

  • Testimonies of people experiencing poverty on television and at the Annual Conference with the Scottish Government Minister
  • Food Bank Rush at the Secondary School Collections Renfrewshire
  • Challenging poverty through Employability and Volunteering
  • And many more

 Find out more here