A new parliamentary group pitches a better policy environment that recognises the role of housing providers in tackling unemployment and under-employment among tenants.
The new Housing and Employment All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) delivered its pitch as new research by the Centre for Social Justice revealead households living in social housing are four times more likely to be workless than those living in private housing.
Secretariat support for the APPG is being provided jointly by Give us a Chance (GUAC) and PlaceShapers.
Matt Campion, PlaceShapers Board Member and CEO of Shepherds Bush Housing Group, said: “Getting a job is life changing but the reasons that some people are unemployed or underemployed can be complex – that’s why PlaceShapers put so much focus on working closely with our tenants.
“Being close to our communities means we often succeed and have supported at least 60,000 people into employment. This saves public money on welfare and health budgets, and boosts individual, neighbourhood and national well-being.
“Working with politicians of all political parties to promote a better policy environment will help more people benefit from this.”
GUAC MD Lynsey Sweene said: “I am delighted to reach this milestone, and support the formal launch of the new Housing and Employment APPG.
“Through this new group, GUAC, will continue to raise awareness of the work that housing associations do to help social housing tenants and their communities into work, and raise the voice of social housing tenants who are seeking work and in work progression.”
Confirmed by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, the APPG aims to bring together MPs, Peers, policy makers and providers, to explore existing policy and future opportunities to better promote the needs of tenants seeking employment or in work progression.
Later this year, the APPG will launch a new inquiry to understand the challenges that lie behind helping social housing tenants into work.
This inquiry will take evidence from a range of experts including leading housing providers, sector leaders, local and regional policy makers, employment providers, and regulators.
Formal positions on the APPG are:
- Chair, Peter Aldous, Conservative
- Co-Chair, Gareth Snell, Labour (Co-op)
- Vice Chair, Lord Best, Crossbench
- Vice Chair, Jack Dromey, Labour
- Vice Chair, Andy Slaughter, Labour
- Vice Chair, David Drew, Labour (Co-op)
- Vice Chair, Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat
- Vice Chair, Richard Bacon, Conservative