The residents’ voice in employment support – latest blog on APPG Inquiry
This is the latest in a series of blogs about the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Housing and Employment. This Inquiry, set up by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Social Mobility, aims to tackle the employment and earnings gap in social housing and is calling for evidence in response to five questions. This blog looks at question 5.
When we planned the Inquiry with our research partners, CaCHE, we set out 4 key questions about the social housing employment and earnings gap. These will establish the size and causes of this gap and how to address it. Recognising that tenant involvement is at the heart of effective housing services including employment support, the Inquiry also poses a fifth, cross-cutting question about resident engagement.
There is a two-stage approach to gathering evidence for the Inquiry. Both stages offer an opportunity to hear directly from residents. Right now, the Inquiry is calling for written evidence by the deadline of 30 June 2020, from any organisation or individual with relevant insights and experience.
In the second stage, the Inquiry will host several online panel sessions to receive oral evidence. These sessions in July and August will include input from residents, experts and stakeholders whom the Inquiry has invited to contribute, based on the written submissions it receives.
Question 5 asks about how the voice of residents’ lived experience is heard and engaged with in employment support. These are some of the issues you might want to consider when writing your response:
- To what extent were your residents involved in the design, delivery and take up of your employment support services and those of others?
- What has worked best in engaging tenants and how did you know this had worked? What outcomes did you achieve and how were these measured? If you’ve tried other approaches, why were these less effective?
- In your view, how can successful approaches be adapted for other contexts, tenants and providers?
- How have policies and practices been accountable to the people they are designed for?
- What lessons can we learn for future employment services that will engage with tenants fully and effectively?
The MPs who are involved in the APPG on Housing and Social Mobility are very keen to hear about the lived experience of residents involved in employment support. In preparing your written evidence, are there ways in which you can include the direct voice of your tenants and residents and involve them in submitting this?
Please share your expertise and experience of support for residents into training and work, from before the coronavirus and since the start of the pandemic. The quality of the Inquiry’s findings depends on the information and insights it receives. You can help shape the Inquiry’s final report and recommendations and enable us to influence future policies as we emerge from CV-19.
Please submit your written evidence by the deadline of 30 June 2020. Please read the updated guidance document before drafting, alongside our other APPG blogs.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.