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what we do

We monitor and advocate for economic and social rights in the UK. Through our research, campaigns, training and events we bring together social justice and international human rights law.

What are Economic and Social Rights?

Economic and social rights (ESR) are the rights of everyday life, for everyday people.

ESR are recognised in international human rights law as the essential social and economic conditions needed to live a life of dignity and freedom. They include the right to work and workers’ rights, social security, health, education, food, water, housing, and the right to a healthy environment.

OUR WORK

Research

We monitor the UK Government’s compliance with its international and domestic human rights obligations. We do primary and secondary research to write reports and submit evidence to inquiries. Our research is publicly available. 

Campaigns

We hold the UK Government and public authorities to account by ensuring that law, policy and practice comply with international and domestic human rights obligations.

One of our main campaigns is #1forEquality which focuses on the enforcement of Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010. 

Social Rights Alliance

Just Fair is supporting the development of social rights alliances across England, which aim to drive social change, challenge established power structures and build local knowledge and understanding of economic and social rights (ESR).

Partnerships

Partnerships are part of who we are. We work with national and international charities, local community groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of economic and social rights (ESR) and build momentum behind the movement, guaranteeing justice for all.

Just Fair is a member of the End Child Poverty coalition. 

The campaign to End Child Poverty is made up of organisations from civic society including children’s charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others, united in our vision of a UK free of child poverty.

White Rose Scholarship

Just Fair is part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. The network brings together academics with expertise in politics, international development, human rights and urban studies from across the universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds, together with the Overseas Development Institute and Just Fair to support three funded PhD studentships to explore, expand and deepen knowledge about the relationship between informality and citizenship.

We are working with Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming to promote the language of the right to food in the sector.

Just Fair is part of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), which connects 300 NGOs, social movements and campaigners across 75 countries.

Under #1forEquality, we are campaigning with The Equality Trust and 60 other individuals and groups (including Amnesty International, Unison, Runnymede Trust or Women’s Budget Group) to bring to life the socio-economic duty of the Equality Act 2010.

We are part of #EndSection21 campaign to demand the abolishment of no-fault evictions of Section 21, which are contrary to the right to adequate housing.

Together with Doctors of the World we have reported the negative impact on the right to health of the access to NHS foreign patients’ personal data by the Home Office.

We led on the research on inequality for the first ever review of the UK’s compliance with the SDGs, produced together with 16 other partners under the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD). 

The
Just Fair Consortium

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.