Lone workers conducting community 'social work' roles may have noticed increased levels of frustration and desperation within poor communities, which could well stem from the measures taken by the government to mitigate the economic crisis of a few years ago. The UN highlights the groups of people worst affected by austerity policies. It would be interesting to conduct a survey of those public sector or charity sector lone workers who have had to cope with the fallout.
The UN has recommended that the UK government conducts a review of the impact of austerity measures on human rights. In its first report on the UK’s adherence to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural since 2009, the UN committee said: “The Committee is seriously concerned about the disproportionate adverse impact that austerity measures, introduced since 2010, are having on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights by disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups.” It recommends that the UK government carries out a comprehensive assessment of the impact of all policies since 2010, especially on women, children and people with disabilities. It reminds the UK government that austerity measures “must be temporary, necessary, proportionate, and not discriminatory.”