At SVP we raise social justice issues and challenge social injustices that we see like: homelessness, low pay, inadequate social welfare, educational disadvantage, and the high cost of living.

Using research, analysis, evidence and feedback from our members on the ground, we work to end poverty in Ireland.

Concern is turned into action by meeting with Ministers, TDs, and Government department, highlighting issues through the media, and campaigning with other NGOs.


Poverty in Ireland is increasingly driven by high housing costs.

Key goals for SVP are 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

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

The struggle to make ends meet on an inadequate income, both in and out of work, is one of the main reasons people request help from SVP.

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

The combination of high energy prices, poor quality housing and the persistence poverty in Ireland significantly impacts on the households SVP assists.

SVP  believes everyone should be able to live in a warm home without experiencing energy poverty. SVP campaigns for adequate Fuel Allowance payments, fair energy prices, energy efficient for all tenure types and a just transition to tackling climate change.

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