Belgium, Europe- The Federal Government has promised to lift 93,000 children out of poverty or social exclusion by 2030.
The action that has taken place is a part of Belgium’s national action plan for the European Union’s policy on social rights.
Moreover, in a bit too high combat levels of child poverty across Belgium, the new national action plan will include guaranteeing minors at the risk of poverty or social exclusion access to services such as education, teaching as well as school activities, healthcare and adequate housing.
As per the office of Minister for Pensions and Social Integration Karine Lalieux, this new pledge is part of Belgium’s national action plan for the EU Commission’s “European Child Guarantee “, adopted by the European Union Member States in the month of June 2021.
Along with this, the EU guarantee is designed to “improve access of children in requirement to set of ket services covered”, which comprises of universal access to education, health, nutrition standards as well as adequate housing, to remove the social exclusion of children in poverty.
One out of five children affected by poverty in Belgium in 2019, about 18 million children in the European Union, about 22.2 percent of the child population, lived in households at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The percentage in Belgium is roughly the same impacting about one in five minors.
According to Belgium’s Office for National Statistics, Statbel, 19.3 percent of the population was at risk of social exclusion or poverty in 2021.
Meanwhile, this group met at least one of the following conditions: they lived in a household whose income was below the poverty line, lived in a household with low work intensity as well as were at risk of monetary poverty.
Furthermore, there are marked regional differences in Belgium, with the highest poverty rates recorded in Brussels, followed by Wallonia and Flanders.