Poverty in the UK is violating human rights. What’s next? – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted July 9th, 2019 in human rights, news, poverty, reports by sally

‘Last week, we presented the findings of our investigation into poverty in the United Kingdom to the UN Human Rights Council. Some have asked why the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty would visit the UK, the fifth largest economy in the world. But 14 million people live in poverty, and in recent years the UK has seen a rise in poverty among many groups, including children and pensioners, as well as alarming increases in homelessness, foodbanks, and in-work poverty. Since 2010, widespread and regressive cuts to social support under the rubric of austerity have made life worse for too many and have violated the UK’s human rights obligations.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 5th July 2019

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Cap on benefits for single parents with toddlers ruled unlawful in landmark judgment – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in benefits, class actions, families, government departments, judges, news, poverty by tracey

‘A central plank of the Government’s benefit reform programme has suffered a major setback after a High Court judge ruled it was unlawful and was causing “real misery” to single parents and their children.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Retired vicar who refused to pay council tax as matter of principle wins High Court victory over excessive costs – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2015 in clergy, costs, council tax, news, poverty, taxation by sally

‘A retired vicar who refused to pay council tax on a matter of principle has won a High Court victory over excessive costs.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK benefit cap is lawful, supreme court rules – The Guardian

‘The supreme court has ruled that the government’s benefit cap, which limits unemployed claimants to £500 a week in total welfare payments, is lawful.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid, young people and the review that never happened – LegalVoice

‘The Ministry of Justice has in the last few weeks quietly backed down on the promise of a full review on the effects of legal aid cuts on children and young people.’

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LegalVoice, 10th March 2015

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part I – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 21st August 2014

Source: www.no5.com

Council tax challenge goes to the Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2013 in appeals, benefits, consultations, council tax, local government, news, poverty by tracey

“A single mother is taking her legal battle over a north London council’s plans
to make people on benefits contribute to their council tax bill to the Court of

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BBC News, 12th February 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Just Markets – Gresham College Lecture

Posted February 7th, 2013 in civil justice, competition, news, poverty, speeches, taxation by sally

“This lecture focuses on the question of whether justice in relation to markets is entirely to be seen as being procedural – that justice is a matter of securing the conditions of non-coercive economic exchange between free individuals. Or is justice also about social justice- that is to say about the proper distribution of resources and a concern about the outcomes of markets? If justice is about social as well as procedural justice how can we arrive at criteria for distributive justice if all moral values are seen as subjective? Should we not rather see market outcomes, in the words of the economist Fred Hirsch as being ‘in principle unprincipled’?”


Lecture by Professor the Lord Plant of Highfield

Gresham College, 29th January 2013

Source: www.gresham.ac.uk

Legal aid cuts will harm children, says champion of justice for the poor – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2011 in budgets, legal aid, news, poverty by sally

“Tireless Pauline McIntyre, who works in one of the UK’s most deprived areas, says family law is unfairly seen as a soft target.”

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The Guardian, 18th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers ignoring Child Poverty Act, warn family campaigners – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2011 in children, local government, news, poverty, social services by sally

“Child poverty campaigners have written to the government warning ministers that they have broken a legal commitment to implement the Child Poverty Act fully.”

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The Guardian, 4th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk