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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 will bring together insights and testimonies from sector experts, housing providers, and social housing residents from across England, by gathering written and oral evidence. This evidence 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.

The Inquiry is taking place in the context of the coronavirus crisis and its colossal impact on the economy and on services. With the damage to the economy and jobs likely to exceed previous recessions, the role of UK housing providers in aiding recovery will be vital.

In response the Inquiry has:

  • extended the deadline for written evidence to 30 June
  • moved planned regional oral evidence sessions online
  • updated its guidance documents to reflect the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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).

Call for evidence – deadline extended to 30 June 2020:

The Inquiry is seeking submissions from organisations, communities and individuals who can contribute insights to five key questions, listed below. These remain the Inquiry’s original questions which are now more urgent than ever. However, 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.

Please address the following five points in your evidence:

  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?

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.

We want to hear from a variety of organisations – members, housing providers, local authorities, skills and enterprise specialists, education and training agencies and businesses – who each have a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute.

Get involved

The Inquiry is open until Tuesday 30 June 2020 for written evidence from all interested parties. To submit written evidence, please first read the attached documents which have been updated:

You may find our series of blogs on the APPG questions helpful to read too.  Please email your written responses (no more than 6 sides of A4) by June 30 2020 to information@communitiesthatwork.co.uk

Keep in touch

Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested in participating. 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