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Poverty and Social Exclusion

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark 2010 as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. [HL49]

The Department for Work and Pensions has been designated the UK's National Implementing Body for the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, with responsibility for co-ordinating the UK's participation in the Year. The Year marks the end of the 10-year Lisbon Strategy on Jobs and Growth, which included the commitment by Heads of State to make a “decisive impact on the eradication of poverty” by 2010.

The Government are matching the €765,669 (£697,000) allocated to the UK by the European Commission in pursuit of the following objectives, which are to:

raise awareness of poverty and social exclusion, and challenge myths and stereotypes about the prevalence, causes and consequences of poverty and social exclusion;

facilitate engagement and dialogue between individuals and organisations that have a role to play in this agenda, including policymakers, delivery professionals and, critically, people experiencing poverty and the organisations that represent them;

address the key challenges identified in Working Together, the UK's 2008-2010 National Action Plan (NAP) on Social Inclusion; and

leave a lasting legacy of the Year, with outcomes that extend beyond 2010, including the continuation of dialogue between policymakers, practitioners and people experiencing poverty and the sharing of good practice in tackling poverty and promoting social exclusion.

The department has published details of the UK National Programme for the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion on its website at www.dwp.gov.uk/european-year-2010. A copy has been placed in the Library.