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The route to a better UK: The everyday Rights Conversation

Make our everyday rights part of UK law. Join the everyday rights conversation. 

A decent job and home, enough to eat, clothes to wear, a healthy environment, the chance to learn, and a safety net when we most need it.

These are our economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) – our everyday rights.

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.

Some devolved parts of the UK are pushing ahead to bring our everyday rights into law, so groundwork is needed to develop a UK-wide approach to ESCR incorporation.

Help make sure these rights are guaranteed for us all by joining the everyday rights conversation. You can help generate ideas and proposals about how ESCR incorporation can practically be achieved across the UK. 

The route to a better UK: the everyday rights conversation are free and open to all. It is supported by the UK ESCR Network.

The conversation starts with a series of discussion sessions.

Who can get involved?

All of the everyday rights conversation’s activities will be free and open to civil society organisations, activists, academics, rights holders, decision-makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in our everyday rights in the UK. No prior knowledge is required.

We encourage people to participate in the whole of the everyday rights conversation and attend as many discussion sessions as possible.

We also hope this process will help you become more confident in using everyday rights as a tool for change in your own communities and sectors.

What will the everyday rights conversation explore?

The everyday rights conversation began with an introductory session, and will be followed by sessions focusing on each of Just Fair’s five principles for effective incorporation of ESCR.

These are:

  1. Rights knowledge
  2. Rights frameworks
  3. Rights resourcing
  4. Rights accountability
  5. Rights enjoyment

Read more about Just Fair’s five principles on our blog.

The second phase of the everyday rights conversation will involve examining specific areas that require our attention to ensure everyone’s rights are met, such as the interdependence of environmental rights and ESCR, and the importance of equality.

Further information about how you can also get involved by sending us your thoughts or related evidence will be published here shortly.

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Discussion 5: Accountability

Discussion 6: Enjoyment

Rights accountability

Tuesday 4 June 2024 18:00-19:30

When the UK Government and public bodies make decisions that ignore, erode and take away our everyday rights, people suffer – from low pay we can’t live on, to polluted water and air, or being forced out of our home by black mould or unaffordable rent. And those people who already face the most barriers are harmed the most.

Incorporation into domestic law would mean the UK Government and public bodies should guarantee these rights for us all. And if they don’t, we could hold them to account more easily. 

At this session we’ll be discussing:

  • How we can ensure that those who make laws and other decisions which affect our lives ensure that everyday rights form part of their work from the very beginning?
  • In instances where rights are not sufficiently considered and protected, how do we make sure that people can access appropriate complaints processes and ways of asserting their rights which result in meaningful changes?
  • How do we ensure that when complaints are made and solutions are offered, that they are effective? How do we make sure that lasting changes are made, and lessons learnt when rights have not been respected to prevent the same issue arising again?

(Image: Persist by Safwat Saleem for Fine Acts)

Rights enjoyment

Tuesday 25 June 2024 14:00-15:30

Our everyday rights include things like a decent job and home, enough to eat, clothes to wear, a healthy environment, and the chance to learn.

But we know that right now, across the UK, far too many people are experiencing violations of these rights. 

At this session we’ll be discussing:

  • What needs to be put in place to make sure that the UK Government and other decision makers are always doing the best they can at all times to make sure people’s rights are upheld and people experience this in their day to day lives?
  • What systems, mechanisms and/or bodies need to be in place to make sure there is evaluation and reflection on what is happening in reality?
  • How can we ensure that this evaluation and reflection leads to learning so that there can be a process of continual improvement?
  • How do we make sure rights holders are a central part of the process which places the actual enjoyment of rights by people as the ultimate test for successful ongoing rights incorporation?

(Image: Enjoy Nature? Defend It by Dorothy Luo for Fine Acts)

Accessibility note for participation

We use Zoom because it has some great accessibility features

To can make the event as accessible as possible, please let us know as soon as possible (and at least 72 hours before the event) if you have any communication or access needs.

Please contact [email protected].

Our sessions will be recorded, and the videos made available on our website for watching back.

Please note that we may be discussing how people have experienced violations of their rights at these sessions and some people may find this difficult.  

Everyday rights conversation resource page

Check out the new resource page where you’ll find materials from each of the discussion sessions including recordings, summaries, presentations and useful documents. 

Join the UK ESCR Network

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Join the UK Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network today

The UK Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 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.

Network members include non-governmental organisations, charities, academics and universities, as well as campaign groups interested in taking a human rights approach to social justice.

Membership is free and signing up is easy – just complete the form below.

Background image: Generations for the Change: Bibi Sakata