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The cost-of-living crisis is a catastrophe for many and poses a real threat to people’s lives.  

Just as Covid-19 and the impact of austerity measures before it, this crisis is once again laying bare and exacerbating the historic and systematic inequalities that exist between us, disproportionately impacting specific groups of people, leaving them struggling to survive.

As poverty, inequality, and destitution increase, we are clear that this is a rights issue. We have joined with Compassion in Politics and 50 other charities, academics, and campaigners to call on the UK Government to support a public right to housing, food, and income. 

We continue to call on the UK governments to 

  • meet their legal obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and are working with civil society organisations across England and Wales to hold the UK and Welsh Governments to account on these.
  • enshrine economic, social, and cultural rights into UK law and policy, in particular the right to housing and food as part of an adequate standard of living, the right to education, the right to health, and the right to social security.  

This would mean fulfilling the UK’s international obligations, transforming citizens from service-users to rights-holders, and most importantly ensuring that we all enjoy the human rights we need to flourish.