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. We also work with a group of people with lived experience of poverty, who act as a Reference Group on the right to an adequate standard of living.
Watch Alan's film below about the right to an Adequate Standard of Living and how the Commission supports people with lived experience of poverty to participate in policy making.
For more information:
- The final report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (May 2019) and our response (May 2019)
- Commission report, Models of Incorporation and Justiciability for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, authored by Dr Katie Boyle, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Stirling and our news item (Nov 2018)
- Kavita Chetty responds to the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in Holyrood magazine (Nov 2018)
- Adequate Standard of Living Reference Group response to the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Call for Evidence (Sept 2018)
- The Adequate Standard of Living Reference Group response to the Scottish Government's Consultation on A New Future for Social Security (Oct 2016)
- The Commission hosted a national conference on Putting the Justice into Social Justice. Read the papers, speeches and social media content from the day (2015)
The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living
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