Welcome to the Manifesto

This web site is based on A Manifesto for a Fair Society published in 2012 by the Campaign for a Fair Society. Its 8 main principles are outlined below. 

You can also find out more about each principle by following the links to an overview of the principle or by reading all the articles relevant to that principle.

1. Human Rights

A fair society is built on a foundation of human rights. The law and welfare systems should be judged by their success in upholding these rights.

There are already important agreements about welfare - The European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. These international standards for decency should be built into our own law.

An overview of Human Rights

All related articles (organised by date)

2. Clear Entitlements

The current Human Rights Act should be strengthened, not weakened, and it should become easier for citizens to hold the system to account.

It’s difficult to know what money, care and support we can get because the system is confusing.

We need a new system with clear entitlements. It must be easy for people to know what money, care and support they can get. They must have enough money to live on and be active citizens.

An overview of Clear Entitlements

All related articles (organised by date)

3. Early Support

If we need help from services, we often can’t get it until we reach crisis point. This is a bad way of spending money. It causes problems like family breakdown and health crises.

People must get help as soon as possible. It’s a better use of money because people can deal with problems when they’re smaller. People can be more independent. Families are more likely to stay together. More people can get help for the same money.

An overview of Early Support

All related articles (organised by date)

4. Equal Access

Services for older and disabled people are often not the ones everyone else uses. Separate and institutional services cut people off from ordinary life, friends and neighbours.

We want all people to have the same opportunities - in housing, work, education, leisure and relationships. Then people will be part of their community. They get the chance to put something in as well as get support.

An overview of Equal Access

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5. Choice & Controls

Often, people can only get help if they give up their independence.

We need a new system that helps people to keep control - to make their own choices and control their own life.

An overview of Choice & Controls

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6. Fair Incomes

People who are entitled to benefits can be trapped in poverty. It can be difficult to break out and get a job or get involved in the community – especially if you are disabled.

We need a new system that gives everyone a reasonable income. We need a system that makes it worth getting a job, saving money, and getting involved in community life.

An overview of Fair Incomes

All related articles (organised by date)

7. Fair Taxes

The tax system falls hardest on people who need social care. Complicated rules hide this fact. Local authorities and the Independent Living Fund charge for services and, often, you can’t get help if you have modest savings. The benefit system also disguises a series of unfair taxes.

We need a fair system that doesn’t have hidden taxes that fall on older and disabled people and people in poverty. Services must be free to people who use them. Taxes would fund these services – paid for by everyone equitably.

An overview of Fair Taxes

All related articles (organised by date)

8. Sustainable Reform

The banking and finance systems have not worked in favour of the whole of society.

A new system must change how banks and financial institutions work. They must offer value and benefit to everyone and bear responsibility for the common good. We need a system based on fairness – one that is sustainable for all.

An overview of Sustainable Reform

All related articles (organised by date)