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MPs and Lords Call for a New Bill of Rights

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs and Lords Call for a New Bill of Rights

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The government should adopt a Bill of rights and freedoms to safeguard entitlements to social and economic security, MPs and peers have said.

The joint committee on human rights said the aspirational' Bill would replace and expand the reach of the current Human Rights Act - which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into British law.

It would include rights to health, housing education and an adequate standard of living These would not be enforceable through the courts, but the courts would be able to 'review' the progress made on realising them.

While the committee rejected the idea that the legislation should be used to enforce duties and responsibilities, it would be binding on private organisations performing public functions.

This would enable many vulnerable people to rely on their human rights against their service provider, even if they are private'. …

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