Worklessness, welfare and social housing

Getting people back into work is a major priority for the Government and housing associations already play a crucial role in this agenda. Our new report provides valuable insight into the barriers to employment that social housing tenants face, as well as offering a range of potential solutions.

23 July 2015

Our report ‘Worklessness, welfare and social housing’, produced by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, takes a new approach to understanding and responding to worklessness and disadvantage among social housing residents.

Housing associations play a crucial role in helping their residents to find work, with almost 70% providing, or planning to provide employment and skills programmes. Our report sets out recommendations which could lead to more than 40,000 people currently out of work finding work, and nearly 13,000 receiving additional support. These measures have the potential to save £292m from the benefits bill.