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"Although the United Kingdom is the world’s fifth largest economy, one fifth of its population (14 million people) live in poverty, and 1.5 million of them experienced destitution in 2017. Policies of austerity introduced in 2010 continue largely unabated, despite the tragic social consequences. Close to 40 per cent of children are predicted to be living in poverty by 2021. Food banks have proliferated; homelessness and rough sleeping have increased greatly; tens of thousands of poor families must live in accommodation far from their schools, jobs and community networks; life expectancy is falling for certain groups; and the legal aid system has been decimated."

Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur, Report on visit to the UK, 22nd May 2019



"Not banning the cladding at the time, or strengthening rules for its use in the UK, breached residents’ right to life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a fault the Equality and Human Rights Commission says "lies with the authorities". "

Equalities & Human Rights Commission, Press release accompanying their report into the Grenfell Tower disaster, 13th March 2019



"Through the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme, the government will guarantee up to £3 billion of borrowing by housing associations in England to support delivery of around 30,000 affordable homes. "

HM Treasury, Spring Statement 2019, 13th March 2019


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Austerity policies criticised by the United Nations


The report of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, was published on 22nd May, following a visit to the UK last November. It was very critical of the government's austerity policies, in particular with regards to welfare.

For more information, see the latest edition of the HRS Review.


2019 Members Conference

Our fourteenth Members' Conference took place on 28th February 2019 at the Institute of Directors in London. Slides and summaries of the presentations from the Conference are available in the members' area.

The 2020 Conference will be on 27th February at the same venue.




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