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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Social Mobility 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Social Mobility (APPG) was founded in 2020 to champion social housing providers that support tenants and residents to secure sustainable livelihoods.

Housing associations play a vital role in building communities that work.  Yet their investment – over £70m in employment support – and the value this creates – is not fully recognised. The Group brings together MPs and Peers from across all political parties to better understand these issues and is co-chaired by Peter Aldous MP and Liz Twist MP.

Inquiry into Housing and Employment

The APPG on Housing and Social Mobility is now leading a national Inquiry aimed at tackling the employment and earnings gap in social housing. Launched in March 2020, this will run to September 2020.

The Inquiry is bringing together insights and testimonies from sector experts, housing providers, and social housing residents from across England, by gathering written and oral evidence which addresses its five central questions.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted evidence

The deadline for sending in written evidence has now passed.  We are grateful to everyone who took part- over 60 submissions have been received from a wide range of housing, community and research organisations. The quality and content of the Inquiry’s findings depends on the evidence we receive, so we are delighted by this response. All these contributions will help to shape the solutions the Inquiry proposes throughout, and as part of its final report which will be launched in Westminster in October 2020.

Everyone who has sent a response should have received an email confirming receipt of the submission from Communities that Work. If you haven’t heard from us, please get in touch by calling Lynsey Sweeney on 07791 489710 or emailing: Lynsey.Sweeney@communitiesthatwork.co.uk

A series of online oral evidence sessions with invited guests will now take place between July 28 and August 12.  More details will follow after a review of the submissions.

The APPG Inquiry is supported by Communities that Work and PlaceShapers; Communities that Work are the registered Parliamentary secretariat, with additional support from the housing sector GEM programme. Our research partner is the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

The Inquiry’s five key questions

The Inquiry is taking place in the context of the coronavirus crisis and its colossal impact on the economy and on services. In light of the pandemic, the Inquiry extended the deadline for written evidence; moved planned regional oral evidence sessions online and updated its guidance documents to reflect the changed context for its work.W ith the damage to the economy and jobs likely to exceed previous recessions, the role of UK housing providers in aiding recovery will be vital.

The five key questions which the Inquiry is addressing are.

  1. What is the relationship between social housing and employment?  
  2. Why are social housing tenants more likely to be in lower paid and unstable employment than people living in other tenures? 
  3. How can the social housing sector be the catalyst for closing the social housing employment and earnings gap? 
  4. What can Government do to support the social housing sector and tenants, and to reduce the social housing employment and earnings gap?
  5. Cross cutting the above four questions, we want to hear about how the voice of residents’ lived experience was heard and was engaged with. What lessons can we learn for future employment innovation that will embed tenants and engage with them fully and effectively?

These questions remain as relevant as before, if not more so. Each now needs to be considered in the context of the coronavirus virus and the economic consequences of shut down, emerging recession and plans for recovery.

This nationwide Inquiry is one of the first in Parliament to respond to the joint issues facing social housing and employment as we emerge from Covid-19.  Its findings and recommendations for action will help inform new national policies to support recovery.

Keep in touch

For more information about the process for submitting evidence and a review of the background research by our research partners, CaCHE, please read the following documents:

You may find our series of blogs on the APPG questions helpful to read too.

Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested in the outcome of the Inquiry. You can also follow the conversation on social media using hashtags #APPG #HousingWork.

To join the distribution list and be updated on the Inquiry’s progress, email information@communitiesthatwork.co.uk