Human rights permeate every aspect of life in a civilised society. They apply regardless of where you come from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. They can never be removed from you although sometimes, it can be restricted, e.g. if you break the law or your action infringe on the rights and freedoms of others. Rights such as dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence are included under this term. The right to respect for your private and family life is fundamental to the Human Rights Act 1998.
Actions and decisions of public officers in the course of their duties although not intended, could very easily violates the rights of members of the public. Officers of local authorities especially are under a duty of care to ensure the rights of others are respected when discharging their duties. The aim of the Human Rights Act 1998 was to incorporate into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights, thereby giving the British public added remedy in addition to rights available under national laws.
If in doubt as to whether your rights have been violated, always seek legal advice. Better to be safe than sorry. At Chris & Co, you can always talk to us about any concerns you may have. Be it a decision by your local authority on matters such as Housing, Social Welfare Benefits and Education or your application for planning permission, give us a call right now.