Report Launch - Housing Rights in Practice: Lessons Learned from Leith

The Commission has today launched the Housing Rights in Practice: Lessons Learned from Leith report, sharing lessons learned from four years working with local people in Leith, Edinburgh, to use human rights to tackle poor housing conditions.

Using a model first developed in Belfast by the Participation and the Practice of Rights project, the Commission aimed to support people to secure improvements to their housing through using human rights. This pilot project, called Housing Rights in Practice, ran from 2015 to 2019 and led to £2.3 million of investment in the affected housing blocks.  

The final report captures the steps taken throughout the project, evaluates the impact achieved and shares the lessons learned along the way. The Commission hopes this learning will be useful for other people and communities looking to use human rights to achieve change, human rights defenders and organisations, and those with duties to respect, protect and fulfil people’s rights.

Download the PDF to read the report in full.