The Centre receives regular requests for assistance and advice from a range of actors including public authorities, civil society groups, trade unions and legal practitioners in relation to their work on the public spending cuts. Where we have capacity, we provide whatever advice and assistance we can.
We have now created a Resource Database which contains resources to support organisations, groups and individuals who wish to carry out Equality and/or Human Rights Impact Assessments of the public spending cuts or to use human rights or equality legislation to challenge public spending cuts.
Some of our other key activities and achievements include:
For five years the Centre fir Human Rights in Practice worked with the Scottish Human Rights Commission to create a new model for undertaking equality and human rights impact assessments in Scotland. A set of resources were created in relation to that process which are available here.
On 6 November 2012, the Centre for Human Rights in Practice held an expert seminar at the University of Warwick. The seminar brought together academics, civil society activists, legal practitioners, and trade union representatives to share their experience of using human rights and equality standards to analyse and challenge the public spending cuts. The report of the seminar is available here.
Mary-Ann Stephenson produced a toolkit ‘Women and the Cuts toolkit for the TUC on explaining how to carry out a human rights and equality impact assessment of the spending cuts on women," based on our work in Coventry
The Centres’ Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessments and Mary-Ann’s toolkit have also been utilised as a template for assessments by other groups around the country, including:
- Bristol Fawcett’s ‘Cutting Women Out’
- Women’s Resource Centre and NE Women’s Network ‘The impact of austerity measures upon women in the North East of England
- The East London Fawcett Group ‘Cutting women out: How the cuts have affected women in Islington’
On 10 February 2014, the Centre for Human Rights in Practice held an expert roundtable discussion to to explore ways in which equality and human rights legislation can be used to monitor, analyse and challenge welfare benefit sanctions policy and practice. The report of this event is available here.