Research and Comms Officer at @JustFairUK. Economic and social rights are human rights. Formerly @hrw.

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Joined October 2015
Shocking statistics released last week show that there are enough homeless children in London to fill 361 primary schools.🎒🏫 Local councils should be taking steps now to relieve some of the pressure. My piece for @insidehousing insidehousing.co.uk/comment/…
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Britain’s housing market literally tears families apart. Suddenly evicted by your landlord, you realise that local rents have skyrocketed. You’re then placed in temporary accommodation far from home. This can mean parents have no choice but to be separated from their children.
“We’re going to be starved." Bella is seven. Her family was evicted from their home and had to move into a hotel as nowhere near was affordable. Dispatches follow Bella’s family as they battle to keep a roof over their heads.
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This is spot on. The UK’s dysfunctional housing market leads to huge spending. The lack of social housing & unregulated private rented sector makes housing unaffordable for millions. The govt then tries to plug the gap, usually by transferring public money directly to landlords.
If you want to get tough on welfare spending, get tough on the causes of welfare spending - my column this week is in today's FT Edit app ftedit.page.link/SR5Z
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Today is the anniversary of the Right to Buy policy in the UK - introduced 42 years ago. This gave social housing tenants the opportunity to buy their home. It was a disastrous policy that decimated the stock of affordable social housing, removing a crucial safety net. 🏘️
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The UK’s embrace of neoliberalism since means this policy has been turbocharged with millions of social homes lost. Forty percent of these homes are also being rented out again by private landlords, creating an incredibly unstable environment for low-income renters.
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The UK government should end the right-to-buy, hugely increase the stock of social housing, and recognise housing as a human right in domestic legislation so people are offered lasting protection to access safe, secure, and affordable homes.
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Nowhere to shower. No internet for homework. No money for gas. Inside the crisis of student homelessness in rural America. nyti.ms/3UT8Ikd
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A baby born in Gateshead in 2019 can potentially die 15 years earlier than a baby born in Guildford. That's the extent of health inequality in the UK. The gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest continues to grow yet our government wishes to scrap a report on it.
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The NHS is estimated to spend at least £2.5bn a year on treating illness directly linked to cold, damp, & dangerous homes. The rising #CostOfLiving should be a wake-up call to take action on the factors that negativley impact health🏥 @itvnews
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“The right to live in a home that isn’t cold, mouldy, damp, unfit for human habitation, is a fundamental human right.” - @lisanandy It is encouraging to see the increasing trend of UK politicians using human rights language to discuss housing. There is a clear shift happening.🏠
These policies look surprisingly bold, and not a million miles from where Corbyn was on housing policy. A few question marks (as ever) but a clearer sense of direction than we've had previously of housing police under the current leadership: insidehousing.co.uk/news/lab…
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‘A child was “pretending to eat out of an empty lunchbox” because they did not qualify for free school meals and did not want their friends to know there was no food at home.’ theguardian.com/business/202…
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“Britain should be setting the global example for reproductive rights. But with the increasing attacks on human rights, there is a real threat that their next target will be abortions and our rights to make decisions over our own bodies.” - @BellRibeiroAddy @TWT_NOW
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“The right to join a trade union and go on strike is a fundamental human right” ✊- @johnmcdonnellMP
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For decades, fossil fuel companies have conducted a sophisticated campaign of disinformation, prolonging their dirty investments by downplaying the risks posed by ecological breakdown, and convincing people that renewables are ineffective. @darren_cullen tribunemag.co.uk/2022/09/big…
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This is big, bold and right - Gordon Brown’s review recommends constitutional guarantees of rights to healthcare, education and social protection. What groups like ⁦@JustFairUK⁩ ⁦@AmnestyUK⁩ ⁦@LabourCHR⁩ and others have been calling for theguardian.com/politics/202…
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The inclusion of a constitutional guarantee of social and economic rights here is huge. Enshrining healthcare, education, and social protection is long overdue. To be truly effective, this guarantee should also include the right to food and the right to housing. @GordonBrown
🚨Exclusive: I’ve been leaked Gordon Brown’s big internal review on devolution and the union. 🗳Labour is considering abolishing House of Lords if it wins next election, replacing it with an upper chamber of nations and regions theguardian.com/politics/202…
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Grenfell Tower - named after a colonial leader who led campaigns across Africa - was covered in plastic that burned like petrol and filled with people who could trace their family history back to the same countries conquered by Britain. @PeteApps tribunemag.co.uk/2022/09/gre…
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Did you know that on this day in 1968 the UK signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the United Nations? 📄🇺🇳 It took another 8 years to ratify the treaty but was an important first step in the realisation of economic and social rights. (1/4)
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Our thoughts are with Chris Kaba’s family and loved ones as they come to terms with their loss and as they fight for justice. His killing by the police is tragic and horrifying. Mr Kaba was a 24-year-old Black man, a talented young rapper, and was due to become a father.
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Want a free space to exercise in Lambeth during winter? Help us create one! We are holding an open meeting for anyone interested in helping set up a free women's exercise space in Streatham on Saturday 24 September 11am - 12pm @streathamlib We hope to see you there!
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This is fantastic news! Well done to all those who have been campaigning to save our Human Rights Act.💪 However it is not all over yet - the #RightsRemovalBill could still be back - and so the fight continues ✊
BREAKING The Government has reportedly shelved the #RightsRemovalBill 🎉🎉 An incredible victory
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