International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Next Projected UK Milestones for ICESCR:

June 2016: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will examine the UK’s State report, on the basis of the list of issues decided upon in October 2015.

Latest EHRC ICESCR Update:

Download our shadow report.

  • EHRC Oral Statement at the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, October 2015 (PDF | Word)
  • Socio-economic rights in the UK (PDF | Word
  • Download our recommendations: Socio-economic rights in the UK

For information on children’s economic, social and cultural rights, please see our work on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Previous UK ICESCR Milestone

October 2015: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held its pre-sessional working group meeting at which it decided a list of the key socio-economic rights issues in the UK.

Download the list of issues of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights here 

The list of issues produced by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reflected many of the key issues raised by the Commission in its submission. These issues included;

  • the impact of social security reform on disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups;
  • access to mental health services;
  • just and favourable conditions of work, including low pay, migrant workers, and the gender pay gap; and
  • the impact of restrictions in the scope of legal aid in England and Wales on people’s access to justice when ICESCR breaches have occurred.

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2015