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Social security systems based on dignity and respect

Simpson, Mark, McKeever, Grainne and Gray, Ann Marie (2017) Social security systems based on dignity and respect. Equality and Human Rights Commission. Equality and Human Rights Commission. 110 pp. [Research report (external)]

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The Scotland Act 2016 devolves new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament. Although its new powers are limited, accounting for only 15% of expenditure on non-pension benefits, the Scottish Government has given an ambitious set of commitments for a devolved system. “Respect for the dignity of individuals” is at the heart of this vision. Social security is recognised in international human rights law as being crucial to the protection of human dignity. While human dignity is a core concept in human rights law, it is a poorly defined one and respect has no legal definition.The Equality and Human Rights Commission contracted Ulster University to look at how social security systems in other countries encompass dignity and respect. This report of their research proposes a legally-grounded definition of dignity and respect and discusses possible means of embedding dignity and respect as core principles underpinning social security in Scotland.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Keywords:Social security Devolution Human Rights Social Rights Social Justice Human dignity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Transitional Justice Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:38471
Deposited By: Dr Mark Simpson
Deposited On:28 Aug 2017 10:56
Last Modified:28 Aug 2017 10:56

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