Responding to the news that Gordon Brown has recommended the Labour Party make social rights a key plank of their next manifesto, Jennifer Nadel, Co-Director of Compassion in Politics, said:
“We back Gordon Brown’s recommendation and call on the Labour Party to make social rights a cornerstone of their manifesto. We cannot continue to have a situation in which companies make record profits while people struggle to pay their bills or feed their families. We cannot continue to live in the sixth largest economy in the world while more and more people rely on foodbanks. It’s time to change the economic rules so our nation’s vast wealth can be used to benefit everyone. That means establishing a basic right to food, housing and income - the foundations of a decent and healthy life.”
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Helen Flynn, Head of Policy, Research, and Campaigns at JustFair, said:
“The inclusion of social rights in this report is significant, especially as the cost-of-living crisis bites. This is the most effective way to put an end to sticking plaster policies and would cement a real and lasting protection against any future crisis.”
Labour’s release of Brown’s report comes after research by Compassion in Politics showed that three in five people now support the introduction of a public right to food, housing, and income.
That research also showed that half of the public are worried about meeting the cost of housing and food and three in four think the government is performing “badly” when it comes to handling the cost-of-living crisis.
In the summer, nearly fifty charities and academics also wrote to the government demanding they introduce socio-economic rights.
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