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This book explores destitution from the perspective of International Human Rights Law and, more specifically, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The experience of destitution correlates to the non-realisation of a range of economic, social and cultural rights. However, destitution has not been defined from this perspective. Consequently, the nexus between destitution and the denial of economic, social and cultural rights remains unrecognised within academia and policy and practice. This book expressly addresses this issue and in so doing renders the nexus between destitution and the non-realisation of these rights visible. The book proposes a new human-rights-based definition of destitution, composed of two parts. The rights which must be realised– the component rights – and the level of realisation of these rights which must be met – the destitution threshold – to avoid destitution. This human rights-based understanding of destitution is then applied to a UK case study to highlight the relationship between government policy and destitution, to illustrate how destitution manifests itself, and to make recommendations – founded upon engendering the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights – aimed towards addressing destitution.
This book will have global and cross-sectoral appeal to anti-poverty advocates, policy makers, as well as to researchers, academics and students in the fields of human rights law, poverty studies, and social policy.