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Assessing the compliance of the UK social security system with the state’s obligations under the European Social Charter

Simpson, Mark (2017) Assessing the compliance of the UK social security system with the state’s obligations under the European Social Charter. Human Rights Law Review, 18 . NA-NA. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The European Social Charter, a relatively neglected human rights instrument in the UK, academically, judicially and politically, represents a statement of minimum standards in social rights the state has committed to uphold. This article assesses the compliance of the UK’s social security system with the charter following a period of reform that has put in place a less generous, more punitive model of working age provision. It is argued that benefit levels and conditions for their receipt are now of at best questionable conformity with some of the core requirements of article 13 (the right to social assistance) and article 16 (the right to family protection), while the previously identified non-conformity with article 12 (the right to social security) continues. Consideration is given to the potential potency of the Charter as a means of challenging austerity-driven reforms, alone or in combination with other human rights agreements.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:European Social Charter Social Rights Social Security Austerity Welfare Reform
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:39126
Deposited By: Dr Mark Simpson
Deposited On:06 Feb 2018 12:27
Last Modified:06 Feb 2018 12:27

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