Community Platform’s Four Tests for the Next Government


EAPN Ireland Election Blog # 2

The only thing that all sides agree on in this election is that the result, and the Programme for Government negotiated after the election,  will shape the country for at least a decade and perhaps a generation.


This is why so many organisations concerned with poverty and inequality have published their proposals, challenges and even ‘manifestoes’, naming the issues which they would like to see taken up in the election debates and the Programme for Government.


We will discuss some of these during the campaign.


We have already talked about the EAPN Ireland Proposals for 2016-2021 which challenges candidates and parties to spell out their plans for a five year strategy against poverty.


This week, the  Community Platform, a coalition of  28 of the main organisations working against poverty, agreed its Four Tests for the next Government.


The Platform will use these tests to assess the seriousness of the next Government in addressing the causes and consequences of poverty, social exclusion and inequality in Ireland in its Programme for Government and in its implementation over the next five years.


The four tests, explained in more detail here, ask:


1: Will the Government redistribute income towards the poorest 20% of the population?


2: Will the Government strengthen access to quality employment?


3: Will the Government restore and strengthen public services which are of particular importance to people on low income?


4: Will the Government support mechanisms to ensure that all areas of policy and decisions work to reduce poverty and inequality?


The Platform will continue to monitor these issues as the new Government emerges.


This paper builds on previous publications from the Community Platform, including

and the slightly  older, but still relevant

  • Paying our Way, one of the most important contributions to the debate on taxation in Ireland.


The members of the Community Platform are:


The four Tests can be accessed here.


Robin Hanan, EAPN Ireland






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