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Inquiry into social housing employment gap receives over 60 submissions

Over 60 organisations, including almost 30 Communities that Work members, have contributed their expertise and experience to the national parliamentary Inquiry aimed at tackling the social housing employment and earnings gap. With these issues even more critical in the face of a severe recession, Communities that Work is delighted by this response for the call for evidence by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Housing and Employment.

The Inquiry was set up by the APPG on Housing and Social Mobility, of which Communities that Work is the official secretariat. This Inquiry is bringing together insights and information about what works in tackling the social employment gap and how we can scale up these solutions. The written and oral evidence it receives will help to shape the solutions the Inquiry proposes throughout, and as part of its final report which will be launched in October 2020.

Nathan Jack, Employment and Enterprise Manager, Wythenshawe Housing Group, which submitted evidence, said: “We know that talent is in all our communities but not always the opportunity. By working with key partners, we hope the APPG will bring about fundamental change enabling Wythenshawe Housing Group and other social landlords to deliver programmes that assist our customers to overcome their barriers and obtain sustainable, good employment.

Stay Nimble’s CEO, Dominic Atkinson said: “Covid-19 has highlighted inequalities across the UK, and the inquiry will facilitate effective support and recovery strategies to reduce them. We applaud the APPG’s efforts to champion social housing providers, which help tenants and residents secure sustainable livelihoods and play an essential role in nurturing communities that work. By investing more than £70m in employment support, HAs create enormous value that will assist in rebuilding a better, fairer society.

The Inquiry’s findings will help shape new national policies as we emerge from Covid-19 and strengthen the critical role of UK housing providers in aiding job and community recovery. Submissions of evidence have been received from social landlords, researchers, sector experts and other organisations working in communities. Thanks to everyone who has helped to drive this excellent response,  including Communities that Work’s APPG partners at PlaceShapers and the team of young professionals from the housing sector Gem programme who have done so much to support this work.

On behalf of this team, Communities that Work wishes to thank all our contributors, who should now have received an email confirming receipt of submission. The next step now for the Inquiry is to gather oral evidence through online sessions with invited participants, which will take place between July 28 and August 12.

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