An Appeal from SVP ahead of tomorrow's general election.
|By Nessan Vaughan|
Ask your local candidates if they will commit to invest in measures to end poverty in the 33rd Dáil
As an organisation that has been providing supports to households in need for over 175 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul wants the next Dáil to take decisive action so we can see an end to poverty once and for all. Investing in a more just, compassionate and equal society will reap benefits in the long term, for individuals, families, communities and our wider society.
The National Social Justice Committee have identified 5 key areas that we want to see in the next Programme for Government which includes making poverty reduction targets legally binding, increasing investment in social and affordable housing, providing genuinely free primary and secondary education, enhancing income supports and implementing measures to tackle energy and transport poverty. You can find more information on SVP’s Election Priorities by clicking on the image above.
We have eight questions which we are asking you to put to candidates over the next two weeks of canvassing. Asking these questions will help inform you about the policies and priorities of the candidates, but it will also send a clear message back to party leaders about SVP priorities on the doorstep.
Suggested Questions for Election 2020 Candidates
If elected, how will you improve things for the people SVP supports?
What specifically will you do to reduce poverty?
How will you ensure that our social protection system works better to so everyone has an adequate income to meet their basic needs?
How will your party address the issue of in-work poverty?
What measures would you put in place to help people who cannot adequately heat their homes?
How do you intend to tackle the cost of accessing education at preschool, primary, second and third level?
How will your party end the housing and homelessness crisis?
How will your party address the climate emergency and protect those on the lowest incomes?
We would greatly appreciate it if you could show your support and share our #NoPoverty messages on your own social media accounts with your family and friends - specifically posts with SVP #NoPoverty Priorities and Questions to Ask Candidates canvasing in your area. This will help us spread the word and motivate others to think about Poverty in Ireland when choosing their candidate.
We are not recommending which candidates you should vote for but we do recommend that you use your vote to make an end to poverty a priority.
Chair of the National Social Justice Committee