ALLIANCE report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Area of Work: The ALLIANCE
- Type: News Item
- Published: 10th January 2023
Our report highlights key issues impacting on economic, social and cultural rights in Scotland and the UK.
The ALLIANCE has submitted a report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The report outlines core issues that we suggest the Committee may consider raising with the UK and Scottish Governments in its seventh periodic review of the UK Government’s progress towards implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). It draws on an existing evidence base, informed by engagement with ALLIANCE members and partners.
The UK Government is a State Party to ICESCR and therefore has ultimate responsibility for implementing the rights outlined in the Covenant. These include rights such as the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and the right to social security. As a devolved nation, Scotland also has responsibility to protect human rights in devolved policy areas.
The key issues raised in our report are summarised below:
- UK Bill of Rights Bill. In June 2022, the UK Government introduced the Bill of Rights Bill to the UK Parliament. If enacted, the Bill of the Bill of Rights would repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with much weaker protections.
- Human Rights Incorporation (Scotland) Bill. The Scottish Government has committed to introducing a new Human Rights Bill which will incorporate ICESCR and three other international treaties into Scots law. It is vital that the work to develop this Bill is prioritised, and that implementation plans are not delayed.
- The gendered nature of caring. Systemic underinvestment in the social care sector has led to long term, ongoing problems with recruitment and retention. Around 85% of the social care workforce in Scotland identify as female, and around 70% of unpaid care is carried out by women. Workforce issues relating to social care are therefore highly gendered. Failure to address these issues will exacerbate inequality in women’s working conditions an Scotland’s’ gender pay gap.
- Social security. The social security system for disabled people, people with long term conditions and unpaid carers can often be confusing, undignified and does not fully respect their human rights.
- Cost of living crisis. Disabled people, people living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers are more likely to find themselves both with higher bills and with less ability to pay. Measures taken by the UK Government have not gone far enough to ensure an adequate standard of living for disabled people, people living with long term conditions and unpaid carers.
- Provision of accessible housing. A lack of accessible housing in the UK is having a direct impact on the rights of disabled people, including their ability to live independently.
- Social care. Social care does not work for many people and families across Scotland, with an ensuing impact on human rights and the quality of life and mental wellbeing for people accessing support and unpaid carers.
- Mental health. It is widely recognised that people with lived experience of mental health conditions in Scotland do not enjoy their human rights as fully as they could, and that barriers exist for unpaid carers in supporting people living with mental health conditions, including stigma and discrimination.
- Climate change. A changing environment and extreme weather effects is having a direct impact on certain groups including disabled people and people living with long term conditions. Evidence suggests that the UK is not keeping pace with climate impacts, and more needs to be done to ensure that all parts of society are working to reduce emissions causing climate change, including within health and social care.
You can read our full response via the resource list below.
End of document.
End of page.
You may also like:
The Health and Social Care Academy Programme launches the new Five Ambitions for the Future of Health and Care.Continue reading
The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee had requested an update on a range of areas before it could progress the bill's stage 1 report.Continue reading
Have the arts helped you to stay healthy, or cope in meaningful ways? If so, Scottish Ballet would like to hear from you.Continue reading
Find out about the program launched by Scottish Ballet and the Jameel Arts & Health Lab and how your organisation can get involved.Continue reading
The first report explores the impact and people's experiences of the pandemic, as well as lessons to be learned in Scotland.Continue reading
Opportunity to add your organisation's name to a joint civil society letter to Scottish Government in support of human rights.Continue reading
The National Association of Link Workers are looking for individuals with lived experience of working with community link workers.Continue reading
Find out more about how the report is aiding Diabetes Scotland's campaign for fair and equal access to diabetes technology across Scotland.Continue reading
Read more about the State of Caring report, which delves into the health of unpaid carers and the support they receive.Continue reading
Ideas to improve the impact of our networks and support those who lead themContinue reading
The Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) publish findings on how to reform Scotland's children's services.Continue reading
Learn more about the services and support offered by Oshay's Brain Domains to individuals with neurodiverse conditions.Continue reading
The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) have created and launched a new online resource.Continue reading
The National Trauma Transformation Programme has announced the publication of their new roadmap.Continue reading
The funding of £3.6 million will sustain this vital service for the next three years at its current level.Continue reading
Join a virtual workshop hosted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and share your experience.Continue reading
A total of 110 organisations have backed the CCPS letter calling for increased pay for social care workers.Continue reading
Find out more about the Network, its objectives and how to become a member.Continue reading
The Scottish Advisory Forum on Europe and the European Economic and Social Committee have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.Continue reading