EU green-light poverty assistance fund until 2020

EU green-light poverty assistance fund until 2020

The EU's poorest citizens will continue to get food, basic material assistance and social welfare from an EU Fund worth over €3.5bn.

MEPs today approved the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.

FEAD will run until 2020.

Labour MEP Emer Costello – who led the initiative through the European Parliament – explains what the fund will mean for those who live on the margins:

"Organisations which deal with people who are really living on the margins … homeless, suffering incredible poverty, people suffering child poverty – families who can't afford to put a meal on the table."

"All of these people are very dependent on this food, so today the European parliament ensured the continuation of the programme."

Meanwhile, UK Ministers have been accused of taking food from the poor after the relevant department there refused the aid.

Officials from Britain's Department for Work and Pensions said that taking the funding would mean other schemes would "miss out"

“If we accepted the funding it would be taken off our structural fund budget which helps disadvantaged people into work," a spokesperson said.

“This is how similar funding has been used in the past – for employment skills and social inclusion.

“Just to be clear we aren’t losing money.”

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