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Last chance to join tomorrow’s focus group on housing as a human right

SFHA is hosting a focus group this Thursday (20 June) on housing as a human right which will help inform the Scottish Housing Day paper on the topic – a few spaces are available.

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Scottish Housing Day is a chance to celebrate the impact that housing makes to the lives of people and communities across the country as well as highlight different housing options.

This year, the focus is on housing as a human right.

The right to adequate housing was recognised as part of the right to an adequate standard of living in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. However, this human right is not protected by law here in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is considering writing human rights into Scots law amid fears that existing protections may be eroded when the UK leaves the EU. This may include the right to adequate housing.

We want you to share your views on housing and human rights. Do housing rights need to be safeguarded? If so, what rights in particular?

We would like to collect views from across the sector which will be included in a joint report from housing bodies across Scotland that will be launched on this year’s Scottish Housing Day on 18 September. To help us do this, we are organising a focus group and would like to invite you to take part.

The focus group would take place at the SFHA office in Glasgow this Thursday at 13:30 and will last for approximately 90 minutes.

If you would be interested in playing your part in helping us make housing a human right, please get in touch with SFHA Policy Lead Shona Mitchell smitchell@sfha.co.uk to register your interest.

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