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Economic and social rights

 

We campaign to ensure that economic and social rights are enjoyed by all people in the UK. We urge the UK Government and public authorities to incorporate and implement economic and social rights into law, policy and practice. 

Everyday rights for everyday people

The Government should provide welfare benefits and family assistance to all people, with no limitations based on factors such as family size or nationality.

The Government should provide security of tenure, adequate living conditions, affordable housing, and end no-fault or revenge evictions, forced evictions and homelessness.

The Government should ensure all people have access to adequate and nutritious food, and to water. Measures must be taken to eradicate food insecurity and reliance on food banks.

The Government should ensure work is available and accessible for all people. Working conditions must be just and favourable for everyone. All workers must be able to form or join trade union(s).

The Government should ensure all people have access to adequate mental and physical healthcare. This ranges from ensuring healthy development of children to treating and controlling an epidemic. Healthcare is universal and should not be conditional on factors such as income or wealth, or nationality. The Government should end practices such as data sharing.

The Government should ensure education is available and equally accessible to all people. This includes eradicating the digital divide, and providing safe conditions for students and teachers.

The Government should promote and ensure the participation of affected people in decisions which impact economic and social rights.

The Government should use all available resources to ensure all people enjoy their economic and social rights. Regressive steps should be a last resort, and only taken if necessary temporary, proportionate, with minimum affect on economic and social rights.

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Resources

What are economic and social rights and how are these rights monitored in international law?

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PUBLIC OPINION ON ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS IN ENGLAND

HIGHLIGHTS

1 %

SOCIAL SECURITY

89% of people living in England agree that all people have the right to social security and this should be protected by law.

1 %

FOOD

85% of people living in England strongly agree that the right to food should be
protected by law.

1 %

WORK

96% of people living in England agree that all people should be allowed to work, and this should be protected by law.

1 %

HOUSING

87% of people living in England strongly agree that the right to adequate housing should be protected by law.

Economic and Social Rights Monitoring: UPR and Treaty Body Mechanisms

The
Just Fair Consortium

Between 2014 and 2016 Just Fair convened a Consortium of more than 80 local and national organisations that gathered and submitted evidence in the last UK review by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 

What can you do?

Check our Latest News and Events page to find out when the next event is. 

Showcase your support for the legal recognition of economic and social rights in domestic law by sharing the hashtag #ESRights or #ESR or #ICESCR and tag @JustFairUK when you are using social media. 

 

Contact our Campaigns and Advocacy Lead, Misha Nayak-Oliver, to find out more information about economic and social rights

For more information on our research and campaigns please contact our Campaigns and Advocacy Lead: Misha Nayak-Oliver