Three sectors were chosen for detailed examinationlocal
government, health care and social housing. Local government and
health care were sectors nominated by the JCHR in commissioning
the report. Social housing was added during the course of the
study in order to explore the impact of the HRA on quasi-public
functions and activities. The selection of these three sectors
for study was not made on the basis that they were known to be
significantly better or worse than other areas of public activity.
All three sectors have been the subject of legal challenge under
the HRA but not in a manner more marked than other areas of activity.
All three sectors perform functions and provided services with
an impact across the community. Local government, in particular,
is a key player if human rights are to be successfully integrated
into services provided for the wider community.
The findings and conclusions drawn on these
three sectors cannot be taken to automatically translate across
to all areas of public activity. At the same time, sufficient
reference was obtained to other areas such as social services
and education that it would be surprising if a markedly different
picture was to emerge from other fields of public activity.