Council Motions

We are working to get support from local authorities across the region for activities that defend and promote social rights. We aim to strengthen links between policy makers and grassroots action in order to effect greater levels of change.

We presented a motion to local authorities in the North East in March 2019.

The motion follows a briefing by Just Fair following the UK mission by UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, last November. The briefing shows that tax and welfare cuts since 2010 have breached the human rights to social security and an adequate standard of living. The briefing was supported by 15 local and national groups working on fair taxation, community engagement, workers’ rights, child poverty, equality and food security. 

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, visited the UK in November, including

the North East. At the end of his mission, Professor Alston concluded

“The costs of austerity have fallen disproportionately upon the poor, women, racial and ethnic minorities, children, single parents, and people with disabilities. The changes to taxes and benefits since 2010 have been highly regressive, and the policies have taken the highest toll on those least able to bear it. The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice.” 

The motion calls upon local authorities in the North East to support social rights related activities. Often people see the word ‘support’ and think ‘money’. We see this support in a different light. If local action had the support of, not just one local council, but 12 across the region, that makes a strong statement to central government.

Councils are asked call upon the government to reverse regressive welfare reform policies such as the two-child limit and the benefit freeze, restore the link between social security entitlements and the cost of living.

So far, the motion has been passed by:


If you are interested in getting involved in our work in the North East, or want to find out more, contact the North East regional manager, Anya Bonner, at