Inquiry into Housing and Employment
The APPG on Housing and Social Mobility led a national Inquiry aimed at tackling the employment and earnings gap in social housing in 2020. Launched in March 2020, this inquiry concluded in September 2020. The Inquiry brought together insights and testimonies from sector experts, housing providers, and residents from across England.
The APPG Inquiry was supported by Communities that Work and PlaceShapers, with additional support from the housing sector GEM programme. Our research partner is the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).
The five key questions which the Inquiry has addressed are:
- What is the relationship between social housing and employment?
- Why are social housing tenants more likely to be in lower paid and unstable employment than people living in other tenures?
- How can the social housing sector be the catalyst for closing the social housing employment and earnings gap?
- What can Government do to support the social housing sector and tenants, and to reduce the social housing employment and earnings gap?
- 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?
Thanks to everyone who has contributed evidence. Over 60 written submissions were received and oral evidence gathered in online sessions, which included a focus group of residents from Torus, Onward, Together, Midland Heart and Optivo. All these contributions helped to shape the solutions the Inquiry proposes in its report which were launched on 20 October 2020.
- Read the Inquiry’s findings in its full report, Improving Opportunities: How to support social housing tenants into sustainable employment and in the Executive Summary of this report.
- The process of the Inquiry and the background research which informed it, are explained in more detail in these documents, from our researchers:
- Our series of blogs looked at the 5 questions in more detail.