North East

Together, we promote and defend social rights to build a North East in which everyone can thrive.


The Social Rights Alliance North East (SRANE) is currently working on issues including digital inclusion, adult education and public transport.

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Get involved

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SRANE currently has over 70 supporters across the North East.


If you would like to get involved in SRANE or find out more, contact:


Susanna Hunter-Darch - Social Rights Alliance Coordinator (England)

Have your say!

Share your experiences and have your say in how SRANE advances social rights in the North East – download our Talk.Act.Change toolkit.

This toolkit is designed to get people talking about social rights and the change we’d like to see. Your responses help us to decide where we focus our campaigning energy and give us a greater understanding of the issues experienced across the region.

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Our journey so far


Our Impact and Learning Report details the growth of the first social rights alliance in the UK. The report shares project highlights, challenges and successes, and where it may go next. 


Our campaigns

Public Transport

People on low incomes are less likely to own a car and rely more heavily on public transport, particularly buses. Not being able to afford a bus, metro, or train journey means that people miss out on opportunities, struggle to access services and food, and feel more isolated. People access benefits as a last resort to stay afloat in times of hardship. But, high public transport costs are making it difficult for people to access every day goods and services, and increases inequalities.


SRANE has identified a need to reduce the cost of public transport for those on benefits and asylum support allowance in the North East. We are working to develop a campaign but want to hear more from you on what would be a useful reduction.

Help us to understand more about the problems you experience in accessing buses and trains in the region by filling out our survey.

You can read our briefing on the issue for more information.

Watch this space for developments on this issue. Or get in touch with us to get involved by emailing

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Better ConNEcted

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SRANE is supporting the Norht East digital inclusion campaign, Better ConNEctedThey want people to have the skills, technology and internet access, to close the digital divide. 

The internet is essential in our lives. It is the main way people access job opportunities, benefits and even prescriptions. This has especially been the case during COVID-19.

Unfortunately, access to the internet is still seen as a luxury and a privilege. But, it is a necessity. It is a gateway for people to access and enjoy their human rights. 

Better ConNEcted are working across 4 key areas to achieve change: 

  • Culture change 

  • Practical solutions 

  • Accessibility 

  • Local Authorities 

To find out more and get involved, visit the Better ConNEcted website or email them at

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Manifesto for a Better Normal

COVID-19 has been a difficult time for disabled people in the North East. Disabled people are feeling the impact physically, mentally and financially. But, new ways of working and delivering services are increasing. Many of these are more accessible for disabled people.

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As we focus on how to build back from COVID-19, we have the opportunity to improve disabled people’s rights in the UK. In fact, now is the time to create a better ‘normal’ for disabled people. 

The ‘Manifesto’ highlights 4 key concerns for disabled people in the North East. These are: access and inclusion, health and social care, employment and welfare benefits. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. We call for changes to local authority and UK Government policy. Additionally, we suggest ways that service providers and employers can improve. 

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Manifesto – Full Report


Contact details for each charity involved are in the full report. Main 

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Lift The Ban

SRANE is a proud supporter and member of the Lift The Ban coalition.

Lift The Ban are working hard to remove the restrictions that ban asylum seekers from being able to work whilst their asylum applications are being reviewed. Not being allowed to work pushes many asylum seekers into greater depths of poverty. It also causes isolation, purposelessness and a lack of belonging in their communities.

Lifting the ban and allowing asylum seekers the right to work is common sense. It will lift people out of poverty, give them opportunities and boost the economy.

For more information have a look at the Lift The Ban website.

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Sanctuary Scholarships

Asylum seekers are usually unable to study at university in the UK due to the high tuition fees. This is because, firstly, they have to pay the same fees as international students. Secondly, they cannot get student finance loans due to their immigration status. 

Some universities are offering Sanctuary Scholarships, waiving tuition fees for applicants. In some cases, they also provide a grant towards learning and/or housing costs. These scholarships make it possible for more adults to have their right to education realised in the UK. Northumbria, Newcastle and Teesside Universities are all offering some form of sanctuary scholarship. 

We are encouraging more universities in the region to offer sanctuary scholarships. This will mean that more asylum seekers can enjoy their right to education. SRANE wants to work with universities to improve the support given to asylum seekers. 

Read here for more info. 

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