- Human rights and the housing crisis
- The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed ‘serious concern’ about the impact of regressive policies on the enjoyment of economic and social rights, including access to adequate and affordable housing. Is the UK in breach of its UN human rights commitment?
- What planning measures need to be put in place to address housing shortages and ensure a sufficient supply of housing units—in particular for those marginalised and disadvantaged sections of society?
- What concerted efforts need to be made to address increasing homelessness and avoid the criminalisation of rough sleeping?
- How will Brexit affect the application of article 8 in housing cases?
- Are there any other trends or developments in this area (eg issues of ‘revenge evictions’)?
Property analysis: Is the UK in breach of its human rights commitment to provide access to adequate and affordable housing? In the run up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, Jamie Burton, barrister and head of Doughty Street Chambers’ community care and health team, discusses the UN Committee’s report and points out that homelessness is both the result of and a cause of human rights breaches.
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