Tackling poverty through human rights: Innovation Forum report published

“Tackling Poverty Through Human Rights” was the subject of an Innovation Forum, held by the Commission on 10 December 2014 as part of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP).

Over ninety people gathered in Govan to talk about poverty as a human rights issue, and to come up with ideas for  what to do about it. People with experience of living in poverty in Scotland joined people working for government and public bodies, charities and community groups and people with experience of using human rights to tackle poverty in other countries, to share experiences, ideas and suggestions for action.

Priorities identified by those taking part included:

  • Setting up a Scottish pilot project to improve the practical delivery of human rights in social housing·

  • Holding a campaign to raise awareness of rights for people living in poverty.

  • Building human rights impact assessment into budget and policy decisions, possibly piloted in a few areas to begin with.

A short film giving the highlights of the day has been produced, alongside full recordings of all presentations given on the day. A written report of the day, setting out key points made and actions identified, is also now available, and there is also a full transcript of the day.