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Covid-19 Housing and Employment Taskforce

New cross-sector taskforce responding to Covid-19

Communities that Work is chairing a new cross-sector collaboration to drive the housing and employment sector’s response to Covid-19.  

The Covid-19 Housing and Employment Taskforce brings together key leaders from the housing and employment sectors together to work with government and policy makers, to ensure that the sectors – and the people and communities they serve – are best supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many social housing residents already facing issues such as lack of employment, insecure work or low income include those most at risk from the impact of this health and economic crisis. Communities that Work is working in partnership with key organisations within the housing and employment sector to co-ordinate how we engage with government during this crisis.

The taskforce is providing a joined-up focus on employment-related solutions for social housing residents who have been affected by Covid-19. It will also facilitate clear lines of communication between the sectors, with policy makers and government departments such as DWP.

The taskforce is comprised of key figures from the housing and employment sectors including Lord Kerslake, chair of Peabody and former head of the civil service. This cross-sector collaboration is chaired by Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director of Communities that Work. The DWP is a consultation partner.

Its members are: Lord Kerslake, Communities that Work, the National Housing Federation (NHF), National Federation of ALMOs (NFA), Centre for Excellence in Community Investment (CECI) , Learning and Work Institute (LWI), Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), Impetus and the Institute for Employment Studies.

Talking of the launch of the taskforce, Lynsey Sweeney said:

“We know that so many social housing residents were already feeling the economic pressure before COVID-19 entered our lives. This new reality risks providing an even more challenging backdrop to some of the UK’s most vulnerable communities. This new taskforce brings together the housing and employment sectors, to work with government and policy makers, ensuring that the right support is provided to those in need during this national emergency.”

Commenting on the importance of the taskforce, Lord Kerslake said:

“It is vital that social housing tenants are not left behind in the UK’s fight against the virus, and that when the UK emerges from COVID-19, we all emerge together. This taskforce will play a critical role in ensuring that social housing landlords, ALMOs, government and policy makers have ‘one mind, one voice’ in the response to COVID-19.”

By joining together, Communities that Work and our colleagues will be there to support you and our communities, in every way we can. Join us at our weekly webinars to keep updated on the work of the taskforce and how you can contribute.