‘[The Act’s] provisions are designed to reflect a rights-based approach to social security, which marks it out as an interesting departure from the legislative status quo.’ This is according to a January 2019 article in the Edinburgh Law Review on the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.
‘The Brexit vote came in part as an outcome of the aforementioned inequalities’, says the December 2018 report (pdf) from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) on Brexit and inequality.
The UK Statistics Authority published their recommendations on the content and conduct of the 2021 Census for England and Wales, as set out in the December 2018 white paper (pdf).
This includes the proposal that, for the first time, the census will be predominantly online.
Although positive progress has been made in some areas of life for some people, there is still a lot more to do to ensure everyone is free from discrimination and can enjoy their basic human rights.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their review of how Britain is performing on equality and human rights (pdf), in October 2018.
‘We have heard what needs to change: the stigma associated with social housing, the need for landlords to listen to residents and the desire for a culture of accountability and respect.’ This is according to the August 2018 Social Housing Green Paper, which proposes ‘fundamental reform’.
In autumn 2017 4,751 people were identified as sleeping out on a typical night, an increase of 15% on the previous year. The UK Government’s rough sleeping strategy, published in August 2018, sets out a vision for halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it by 2027.
‘Relative child poverty may have risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment’ says the annual Living Standards Audit (pdf) from the Resolution Foundation, in July 2018.
People can lose the effect of work allowances, be inappropriately benefit capped while in work, and lose out on support for housing costs. These problems should surprise nobody, having been raised in parliament as far back as 2012 when universal credit was still in the design stage.
This according to the August 2018 report (pdf) from Child Poverty Action Group on the universal credit.
‘Disabled women experience disproportionate levels of all forms of violence and abuse from carers, partners and those in the community’ says a July 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness has opened a call for evidence seeking views on whether the current intergenerational settlement is fair. Submit evidence before 10 September 2018.