Social Justice at SVP.

We advocate across multiple areas including homelessness and low pay. We fight against inadequate social welfare, educational disadvantage, and the high cost of living.

Using research, analysis, evidence, and feedback from our members, we strive to eradicate poverty in Ireland.

We turn concern into action by engaging with Ministers, TDs, and Government departments, highlighting issues in the media, and collaborating with other NGOs.


Poverty in Ireland is increasingly driven by high housing costs.

At SVP we have several Key goals. We want to see an end to homelessness, more social and affordable homes, greater security for renters and better  standards across tenure type.

We campaign for the full implementation of the White Paper on Ending Direct Provision.

Ensuring everyone has access to secure and affordable homes, within sustainable communities is our ambition.

Working  with our partners across the housing sector to support and uplifting their work to bring about change to the housing crisis in Ireland.

Education including early years

Practical steps in Education

Every year we spend between €4.5 and €5 million helping children, young people, adults and families to access education. Tackling educational disadvantage is key to breaking the cycle of poverty in Ireland.

Investing in education from early years right through to adult education is one of the best investments the Government can make.  SVP campaigns for an adequately funded education system to promote participation and inclusion for all, regardless of income.

Income adequacy

An average living wage

One of the main reasons people request help from SVP is the struggle to make ends meet.

This can be the case, even for people who are employed.

Everyone should have sufficient income to live with dignity.

Campaigning for the introduction of a Living Wage and a strong social protection system prevents poverty and deprivation from happening in the first place.

SVP Social Justice Energy, Utilities and Climate Justice
Energy, Utilities and Climate Justice

Combatting Energy Poverty

High energy prices, poor housing quality, and persistent poverty in Ireland greatly affect the households SVP supports.

SVP advocates for everyone to live in a warm home free from energy poverty, campaigning for sufficient Fuel Allowance payments and fair energy prices. We aim for energy efficiency across all housing tenures and a just transition in addressing climate change.

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