Published: 21st May 2019

The social housing sector has a ‘significant’ impact when it comes to supporting tenants back into employment, a new report by the University of Salford has found. The report, produced by the university’s Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), found that housing associations offer ‘vital’ employment-related support to their tenants, often for as little as £25 to £30 per household per year. Job clubs and enterprise development work are particularly successful in improving social tenants’ employment outcomes, the report found. The report was launched in parliament yesterday as part of Communities That Work Week, which raises awareness of what the social housing sector does to help people into employment. Dr Mark Wilding, of SHUSU, said: ‘This research is significant as it shows that housing associations play a key role in increasing employment levels, and this is valued by their staff, tenants and partners, including Jobcentre Plus. ‘Moreover there is … (To read the full article, subscribe below)