20th January 2010
The latest statistics covering the 27 countries in the European Union show that 17% of the total population of the EU is at risk of poverty. One in five of all children (20%) are at risk of poverty and 19% of older people are in this situation. The comparable figures provided on Ireland by Eurostat are a little out of date. They state that: 16% of the total population are at risk of poverty, 18% of children and 21% of people aged 65 and above.