New Parliamentary Inquiry to consider link between social housing tenure, employment and advancement in work
The officials of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Employment have approved proposals to open an inquiry this year, examining the link between social housing, employment and advancement in work.
From summer 2019 to spring 2020, the new inquiry will be open for evidence, submission and special summer sessions to understand how the housing sector is involved in employment related services and how they can take the lead around the issues.
Throughout 2020, there will be further work to promote and implement the inquiry report recommendations with the aim to find practical and achievable but ambitious recommendations for policy makers and policy influencers. A report is set to launch at Westminster at the end of the inquiry in Spring 2020.
The APPG on Housing and Employment was formally constituted in summer 2018, chaired by Peter Aldous MP and Gareth Snell MP, to champion the needs of social housing tenants who are seeking employment and to promote a better policy environment that recognises housing providers as core to tackling unemployment among social housing residents. .
Lynsey Sweeney, Give us a Chance’s Managing Director said “I look forward to working with a wider range of sector organisations, community groups and social housing residents, to understand some of the barriers to accessing employment, and how the sector can address issues within social housing.”
Matt Campion, PlaceShapers’s Board member and Shepherds Bush Housing Group’s CEO said: "PlaceShapers We Work campaign showcased how our members supported 60,000 people into work over 10 years. But we know there is more we can do. We look forward to supporting this APPG to develop new ideas and policies working with MPs, social housing residents and the wider sector.'
Give us a Chance and PlaceShapers provide the secretariat for the APPG Housing and Employment.