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We campaign for economic, social and cultural rights, a category of human rights recognised under international law, holding the UK Government and public authorities to account to make sure that law, policy and practice comply with human rights standards.

Current campaigns

We want to make our everyday rights part of UK law, so we are gathering people together to discuss the issue and develop ideas on the practicalities of how this can be achieved across the UK. This is referred to as ESCR incorporation.

It’s the everyday rights conversation.

Together we can find the route to a better UK. Join in.

The London Human Rights Communities Programme aims to support London-based civil society organisations to develop and use human rights-based approaches to create social change.

We chair the UK ESCR Network. The Network is a collective of organisations and individuals committed to the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights without discrimination in the UK as a whole and across the devolved jurisdictions.

We are living in an era of crisis. The latest, the cost-of-living crisis, is leaving many of us hungry, cold, and destitute. This is a human rights issue: the UK Government is failing in its obligation to protect our rights. 

It’s time for change: economic, social and cultural rights must become part of our domestic law. Join the campaign for #OurRightsNow.

We campaign for the UK Government to enact the socio-economic duty contained in Section 1 of the Equality Act, and encourage local authorities in England to implement the duty at a local level.

We prepared an independent parallel report on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), on behalf of civil society in England and Wales, ahead of the United Nations’ Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UN CESCR) next review of the UK. 

past campaigns

Everyone has a right to access social security. This right is recognised under international law.

We campaign to end No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) and the two child limit policy. We urge the UK Government to ensure all people can enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights.

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 campaign for the realisation of the right to an adequate standard of living for each of us in the UK – in particular:

The right to food

The right to housing

The right to transport

COVID–19 has laid bare the historic and structural inequalities that already existed between us. We believe that a just and more equal UK requires improved protection of our human rights by giving, for the first time, legal recognition to economic, social and cultural rights.

The design and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making (ADM) can pose challenges to people’s enjoyment of economic and social rights in the UK. Find out more about our work on this.

Digital exclusion is a barrier to people’s enjoyment of economic and social rights in the UK. Find out more about our work for improved accessibility to digital technology, and digital training and skills.

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. 

For more information on our campaigns please contact [email protected]