“The UK economy may be in a period of persistently low growth” said Mervyn King this week, and the horrific prospect of a ‘triple-dip’ recession was raised! The spectre of further cuts looms large. Short-term cheeriness has turned to gloom, and the real fear for housing providers is how this is going to impact on their residents when next year the cuts begin to bite. The widespread panic and worry generated by the ‘elephant in the room’ that is Universal Credit, makes it imperative for housin
(This article was published on the Guardian website on Saturday 3 November 2012)
John Coburn is HACT's Network Coordinator
The need for more data: 88% of housing providers are offering help, advice, services or work opportunities to residents; we found that only 42% of housing providers know the employment status of their tenants or residents
The housing sector is facing a period of unprecedented change, and HACT is developing new approaches to address the challenges facing the housing association sector today. In March, we held our final Housing and Empowerment Network event, bringing to an end a stream of work which over three years has engaged with over 100 housing providers in a national peer-learning network, sharing approaches and knowledge around community empowerment and neighbourhood investment.
11 May 2012
(This article was published on the 24dash website on 8 May 2012)
Less than 30% of housing providers are engaged in the Government's £5bn Work Programme and only 42% know the employment status of their tenants or residents, a new report shows.
Analysis by The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) and housing charity HACT shows that only 28% of housing providers are engaging in the Government's flagship back to work scheme, despite 88% of providers offering their own employment services.
10 May 2012.
(This article was published on the Inside Housing website on 9 May)
Fewer than a third of housing providers are involved in the government’s flagship scheme to get people back into work, research has found.
A study carried out by housing association charity HACT and Inclusion, a not for profit company that promotes social inclusion in the labour market, has found only 28 per cent of the 136 housing providers it surveyed had clear links with work programme providers.
The research, based on a survey of 136 housing providers, concludes that there is significant potential to increase the impact and effectiveness of current housing provider-led worklessness programmes. The report recommends housing providers improve the targeting of employability initiatives; place a greater focus on impact measurement; and build stronger links between housing provider-led initiatives and wider Government funded activity, including the Work Programme.
(This article was published in Inside Housing on 14 March 2012)
Housing associations wanting to get involved in the government’s welfare to work initiatives are to be given an ‘extra boost’ through a £1 billion scheme for young people.
Chris Grayling, employment minister, said that landlords would benefit from the Youth Contract which launches next month and aims to provide nearly half-a-million new opportunities for 18-24 years olds, including apprenticeships and work experience placements.