Better Lives – Standard of Living


What SNAP aims to achieve…

  • •Enhancing respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights to achieve an adequate standard of living for all by:
  • •Tackling poverty, austerity and welfare reform through human rights
  • •Ensuring human rights are regarded in budget decisions and that people with direct experience of poverty are involved in such decisions
  • •Addressing inequalities in service access for those in rural areas
  • •Improving transport in rural areas and for disabled people
  • •Increasing the provision of culturally appropriate accommodation for Scottish Gypsy/Traveller communities
  • •Reviewing the use of land as a national asset for a range of uses
  • •Tackling gender inequality in employment including the gender pay gap and lack of child care
  • •Tackling inequalities in education
  • •Tackling low pay and in-work poverty

Action Group

The Standard of Living Action Group is made up of 13 member organisations who all discuss and contribute to the development of SNAP in this action area. The members are as follows:

Reference Group

A group of people with lived experience of poverty have come together to act as a reference group on the right to an adequate standard of living. The group is supported by the Scottish Human Rights Commission.  The group’s collective experiences include (but are not limited to):

  • disability and poverty
  • mental health and poverty
  • caring and poverty
  • homelessness
  • in-work poverty
  • rural poverty
  • poverty of opportunity
  • food poverty; and
  • fuel poverty.

In October 2016, the Adequate Standard of Living Reference Group responded to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on A New Future for Social Security.

In September 2018. the Reference Group submitted evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Professor Philip Alston, in advance of his visit to the UK in November 2018.