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Open for evidence – new blog on the APPG Inquiry into Housing and Employment

This blog is one of a series aiming to help organisations and individuals contribute to the APPG Inquiry into Housing and Employment. Following the onset of the coronavirus crisis, we have extended the deadline for written evidence to Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Social Mobility launched the Inquiry in early March before the full onset of the coronavirus crisis. Throughout Covid-19,  the health, wellbeing and safety of communities, residents and staff is the overriding priority.

However, with the expected impact of the crisis on the economy and jobs likely to exceed previous recessions, the role of UK housing providers in aiding recovery will be vital. This Inquiry aims to understand and offer solutions to tackle the employment and earnings gap in social housing. Its findings will help inform new national policies as we emerge from Covid-19.

All our members have insights and expertise to contribute about this topic and we would like to hear from you.

We have prepared some FAQs about the Inquiry below. Look out for our blogs on each of the five questions for which we seek evidence in the next four weeks.

  1. Do you have to be a Communities that Work member to take part?

Any interested organisation or individual can contribute evidence. We want to hear from a variety of organisations – members, other housing providers, local authorities, skills and enterprise specialists, education and training agencies and businesses – and from residents, who all have a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute.

  1. I work in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland – can I contribute?

The Inquiry recommendations will cover England specifically, but we are keen to learn from wide sources of experience.  There are common issues and many examples of good practice and learning from all four nations and internationally. We welcome evidence from all parts of the UK,  Eire and globally.

  1. Do I have to answer all 5 research questions?

No, you can answer 1 or more, or all, as you see fit.  We welcome responses that cover some or all the specific questions raised here.  Our research partners UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) have prepared this document and an overview of the research background to inform your response.

  1. What should I include in my evidence?

We want to build an accurate picture of what the social housing employment gap is and understand its causes. Your quantitative and qualitative knowledge, information and expertise is vital for this. Draw on data and insights you have collated about your residents and local trends, and summarise the key factors from your experience.

We also want to hear from you about what works and why, and about scalable and replicable solutions and approaches. Please reference the sources of your information, whether that’s internal or external.

  1. How will you use my information?

We will bring together the evidence we receive with existing research and analysis of trends to a form a report of our findings with recommendations for action.  This evidence may be made public either as part of the oral evidence sessions or as part of our final written or digital report. Let us know clearly in your submission if you want all or, or parts of, your evidence to remain private.

  1. Who is involved in the Inquiry?

The cross-party 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. It has launched the Inquiry into Housing and Employment which 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).

  1. What’s the NEW deadline ?

The Inquiry is now open until June 30, 2020 for written evidence from all interested parties. This has been extended in response to the new context in which we are all working. Please email your submissions, of no more than 6 pages, to information@communitiesthatwork.co.uk

The Inquiry will also host online sessions in July and August to draw out evidence and testimonies from residents, experts and stakeholders from the South West, East, Midlands and North of England. Participants will be invited by our research partners, based on the evidence submissions received, to explore key themes.  The final report will be launched in October 2020.

For more information about the Inquiry, visit our website or contact Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, Communities that Work by email:
lynsey.sweeney@communitiesthatwork.co.uk

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