ALARMING CSO POVERTY FIGURES MUST BE A WAKE-UP CALL FOR GOVERNMENT

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EAPN Ireland Statement: The latest poverty figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2022 make for sobering reading and must serve as a wake-up call for the Government, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland said today. Our full statement is available here.

The SILC 2022 highlights in stark terms the type of material poverty and the struggles many low-income households face, including staggering increases in poverty for people who are unemployed, people unable to work due to long-standing health problems, single adult households and people over 65. Everyone, at whatever stage in life and whether working or not, should have an adequate income that enables them to have a decent life, to live with dignity, and to take a full part in society. Meaningful Government action is urgently needed to address the systemic root causes of poverty. This must be underpinned by a commitment to tackling income inadequacy, investing in public services that are accessible to all and supporting access to decent jobs for those who can work.

Read our full statement

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