On Wednesday 24 January an international body reported that the UK government had breached the legal human rights of sick and disabled people. This is now the fifth such report to state this in just 20 months.
A report [pdf “ECSR conclusions for 2017 – UK”] from the European Committee of Social Rights (part of the Council of Europe) details whether the UK government was meeting its legal obligations under the European Social Charter. The UK signed up to the Charter in July 1996 [pdf, p3]. It covers “fundamental” human rights, including those related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare.
The report covered [pdf, p3] the years 2012 to 2015. And overall, it found the UK government was breaching its legal obligations in two areas.
Failing on welfare
The first breach was of Article 12, the right to social security. The committee found [pdf, p19-22] that many welfare benefits – including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – were “manifestly inadequate”. That is, people were not getting enough money to live on and were being left in poverty.
The committee made a point [pdf, p19] of noting that in response to a previous report where it had raised this issue, the UK government:
contests this finding… arguing that the benefit rates are considered in isolation, without taking into account the safety net of other benefits and credits available.
But the committee once again disagreed. It said [pdf, p20] that all the benefits mentioned left people below the poverty line, even with “other benefits and credits”. Therefore, this is an automatic breach of the Charter [pdf, p20].
Please click on the link below to read the complete article, posted by The Canary:
The UK government was just found to have violated disabled people’s ‘basic’ human rights. Again. ( by Steve Topple)
Filed under Austerity, Benefits, Budgets, Changes, Choices, Deprivation, Disability, Disability Issues, DWP, Economy, Funding Cuts, Government Spending, Health Issues, Human Rights, Ideology, Impoverishment, Law, Liberty, Mental Health Issues, NHS, Politics, Theresa May, Tory Cuts, Tory Government, UK Government, United Kingdom, Welfare
To read the rest of the Post below, please click here:
It’s been quite a year. At the beginning of 2017, the SKWAWKBOX was a relatively unknown publication that had made enough splashes since its reboot in late summer 2016 to be listed as ‘one to watch’ for the new year.
By the end of 2017, it had one of the highest profiles among the ‘new left media’ (NLM), was one of the most often maligned – and copied – by the mainstream media (MSM) and had featured on the front pages of most MSM papers, as well as frequently on the BBC and other channels and was described, inaccurately, as ‘the unofficial organ of the Labour leader’s office.
2017 saw a seismic shift in the political landscape and Labour now stands on the cusp of an historic victory that will herald a new direction not seen since 1945. Skwawkbox has been there every step of the way.
Skwawkbox has been an essential compendium for anyone interested in the Labour Party’s policy direction. It has regularly broken news about Labour’s internal machinations as the party transitions from more than two decades of the discredited New Labour era to the progressive socialist future yearned for by hundreds of thousands of members and millions of supporters.
Skwawkbox champions the democratic rights of grassroots party members and will play an increasingly important role in 2018 as the public are increasingly inspired by the policy agenda articulated by Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour Shadow Cabinet minister Chris Williamson