Around every five years the UK is examined to see how well people in the UK are able to enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights. The most recent review took place in 2016 – you can read our submission. This means that another review is due – but the necessary report has not yet been submitted to the UN.
For more background on the review, read our explainer.
We have been working with over 30 civil society organisations from across the UK in advance of the next review, including Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Consortium Scotland, Engender, CAJ and UNISON. As part of this, we jointly wrote to the UK Government in December 2021 about delays to the review process. We have now received a response to our joint letter, which cites the pandemic as the reason for the delays. We note that the UK had five years’ notice of the original deadline for the submission of their report.
Since we wrote, we have learned that a further delay to the submission of the UK Government’s report means the review process has been pushed back again. This will have consequences for the scrutiny of economic, social, and cultural rights in the UK, which have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic – for an example, take a look at our response to the national Resilience Strategy call for evidence.
We have created an updated (provisional) timetable of the cycle (see below) and will continue to work with partners across the UK to hold the UK Government to account on economic, social and cultural rights.