The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living

Poverty is a human rights issue. It represents a failure to fulfil the right to an adequate standard of living that is established in international human rights law. The Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and Scottish public authorities have duties to respect, protect and fulfil this right.

Other rights, like the right to education, health and adequate housing, are also affected by poverty.

The Commission promotes respect for economic, social and cultural rights as a way of tackling poverty in Scotland and wants to see these rights incorporated into Scotland's domestic laws. 

Watch Alan's film about the right to an Adequate Standard of Living,  created when the Commission worked to support a group of people with lived experience of poverty to participate in policy making.


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