Katherine Duffy National EMIN Coordinator meets with East Midlands regional organisers of Unite Community, which is campaigning to ‘pause and fix’ Universal Credit (the social assistance minimum income). They are also campaigning on ‘decent work’. Unite Community is the Community arm of the UK’s largest trades union, Unite. Katherine and Colin Hampton (Derby Unemployed Centre) spoke to their Regional Forum and told about the work of EMIN. The Forum have agreed to support the bus tour stop in Leicester. The preparations and planning move forward but still lots to do!
“In cash based societies to leave people without cash is to expose them to intolerable risks”
The focal point of the EMIN awareness-raising activities will be to coordinate and implement the initiative ‘European Minimum Income – Journey for better Minimum Income Schemes and a better Europe’
Two buses will be used for the journey and they each will travel for two months setting out from a high-profile ceremony in Brussels in late April 2018. Each bus will be identified by a wrap displaying the main messages of the EMIN awareness raising activity. Between the two buses we aim to visit 32 European countries. At least 4 days should be spent in each country and on the days the bus will be stopped a series of meetings will be held with civil society organisations, politicians and with the public.
An information tool about this Road Journey will be developed early in the New Year.
EMIN welcomes the proclamation by Heads of States and Governments of the european-pillar-social-rights at the Social Summit in Gothenburg last Friday. This proclamation must mark the beginnings of an EU that sees itself as a Union of vibrant Welfare States, fit for our times. The EU and Member States must now act through their economic, social and cohesion polices to enable such Member States to grow and flourish. At the base of such welfare states are the Minimum Income Systems. EMIN welcomes “the right to adequate income benefits ensuring a life in dignity at all stages of life, and effective access to enabling goods and services” as one of the twenty rights acknowledged in the pillar. Following from the proclamation, the European institutions must urgently agree a road map, setting out in detail how the EU institutions can support the implementation of the rights in the Pillar, including on minimum income. To contribute to this objective, EMIN launches today, its proposals for such a Road Map for the implementation of the right to adequate, accessible and enabling Minimum Income Schemes (see EMIN2 -Revised-Road-Map-for-MIS-2017- Final)
see French Version of Revised EMIN Road Map: EMIN La route de l’UE vers le revenu minimum FR PDF Novembre 17