To mark global Human Rights Day, the Relatives & Residents Association (RR&A) has co-signed a letter to our political leaders calling on them to stand firm on human rights protections in the UK. The letter, signed by 158 organisations, comes at a time when human rights in the UK are at risk due to Government plans to weaken our legal protections. The Government’s Bill of Rights Bill, despite its name, would have a detrimental impact on people relying on care services and on the work of care providers.
In the context of the cost of living crisis, forcing millions into vulnerability and further discrimination, the letter highlights “the last thing anyone needs is for a government to strip away our fundamental legal protections”.
That the Prime Minister recently ‘deprioritised’ the Bill of Rights Bill is very welcome, but the threat to rights will continue until the Bill is dropped entirely, RR&A say. “We are against any action which weakens the rights of people needing care. We are also concerned that the Bill of Rights Bill would make the work of the already stretched care workforce more difficult.”
Helen Wildbore, director of R&RA, said:
“The rights of older people needing care have been decimated by the Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic. And now they plan to weaken rights protections and make it harder to hold those in power to account. The Government must drop their Bill of Rights Bill and instead focus their energy on repairing the damage of the last three years, supporting the sector out of the workforce crisis and ending isolation in care for good.”
The full text of the letter is below.