We monitor and campaign for economic and social rights, a category of human rights recognised under international law. We hold the UK Government and public authorities to account to make sure that law, policy and practice comply with human rights standards. Our work aims to ensure that all people enjoy their economic and social rights in the UK.
With our partner, The Equality Trust, we campaign for the UK Government to enact the socio-economic duty contained in Section 1 of the Equality Act, so that the duty is legally binding on public bodies.
We encourage local authorities in England to implement the duty at a local level to reduce socio-economic inequalities.
We research and campaign for the UK Government to incorporate and implement economic and social rights into domestic law, policy and practice.
We research and campaign for accountability in the design and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making (ADM) which pose challenges to people’s enjoyment of economic and social rights in the UK.
We undertake investigative research into the impacts of private debt on economic and social rights. We campaign for solutions to private debt and protection of people from loan sharks by improved regulation.
With Project 17, we are co-Secretariats of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) which seeks to raise the voices of people living with the restriction and to gain cross-party support across UK Parliament.
Social security and adequate living conditions are rights recognised under international law which belong to all people, irrespective of immigration status or nationality.
We research and campaign for improved accessibility to digital technology, and digital training and skills. Digital exclusion is a barrier to people’s enjoyment of economic and social rights in the UK.
We research and campaign for accessibility to decent housing for all. The right to adequate living conditions is an essential economic and social right recognised under international law.
We support the All Kids Count campaign calling for the UK Government to end its two-child limit policy which restricts social security allowance under Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit to families based on the number of children they have.
Under international law, the right to social security and family assistance is to be enjoyed by all people without discrimination.
We are part of the Lift the Ban Coalition, a group of over 200 non-profit organisations, think tanks, businesses, trade unions and faith groups, who have come together to call on the UK Government to give people seeking asylum the right to work.
The right to work is an economic and social right belonging to all people, irrespective of immigration status.
We conduct research and campaign for the UK Government to incorporate the right to food into domestic law to guarantee all people are protected from food insecurity.
Food is an element of the right to adequate living conditions and is a recognised economic and social right under international law.
We research the right to access mental and physical healthcare.
Access to medical services, a healthy environment, and the prevention, treatment and control of diseases are recognised as economic and social rights belonging to all people.
We conduct research about access to education, including primary, secondary, technical and vocational.
Under international law, access to education is an economic and social right that belongs to people of all ages.