National Social Target for Poverty Reduction

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Policy Briefing on the Review of the National Poverty Target

Reducing and ultimately eliminating poverty is a fundamental aspiration of Irish society and is a commitment of this Government. In 2012, the Government revised and enhanced the target to meet commitments in the Programme for Government and the National Reform Programme for the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The re-named ‘national social target for poverty reduction’ is to reduce consistent poverty to 4% by 2016 (interim target) and to 2% or less by 2020, from a baseline rate of 6.3% in 2010.

The Review identified a need to develop aligned targets, context and supporting indicators. Details on the outcomes of this Review are reported on the Poverty Measurement and Monitoring pages.

Last modified:01/07/2016