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  • TSRC
  • Universal Credit, Bedroom Tax, Direct Payment
  • Stemmed from a project funded by Santander
  • HACT LVSC presentation 12 Dec 2012

    1. 1. HACT: Housing, worklessness and welfare reformJohn CoburnNetwork CoordinatorLVSC event – Wednesday 12 December 2012
    2. 2. What is HACT?• Founded 1960• HA owned and led• Big Society “early adopters”• Pilot project, thematic networks• Renewed mission and focus www.hact.org.uk
    3. 3. Huge Challenges• Changes in government subsidy• Sweeping away of top down targets, inspection and regulation• Radical welfare reforms• The emergence of localism www.hact.org.uk
    4. 4. Focusing on the local www.hact.org.uk
    5. 5. Government cut-backs: Just beginning www.hact.org.uk
    6. 6. Tacking worklessness is all about deriskingyour business…• £40bn historic grant – tempting to a cash strapped public sector• Focus on short term v long term sustainability• Continued reductions and uncertainty on welfare benefits• Outsourcing the risks and costs of social and economic decline www.hact.org.uk
    7. 7. HACT/Inclusion worklessness reportHACT commissioned Inclusion report Housing providers’approaches to tackling worklessness with a focus on:• improve the targeting of employability initiatives•a greater focus on impact measurement•build stronger links between housing provider-led initiativesand wider Government funded activity www.hact.org.uk
    8. 8. Social housing residents highly disadvantaged in the labour market• 3.5 million social-housing residents are workless = 56% of working age (other tenures = 25%)• Nearly half workless for 12 months+• 35% claiming out of work benefits (other tenures = 8%)• Workless social-housing residents 4 times more likely to have long- term health conditions or disabilities and 6 times more likely to be lone parents than other workless• 1.6 million social-housing residents predicted to be on the Work Programme (27% of w/age social-housing residents) www.hact.org.uk
    9. 9. Lots being done by housing providers Dedicated projects, programmes and interventions Work opportunities Universal services Training and skills development Referrals to other organisations Money advice Work experience placementsOther information, advice and guidance services Apprenticeships Proj ects providing support to find employment Enterprise support Jobs targeted specifically at workless people Childcare provision/ support 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% www.hact.org.uk
    10. 10. What we found out• 88% doing things to help residents into work, most doing lots• most providers do not limit employment and skills activities to their own residents...• Many will need to improve their knowledge to do this: only 42% know the level of worklessness among tenants or residents• Very few housing providers approach worklessness in isolation – they build particularly effective partnerships with other housing providers and with contractors in their supply chains and with voluntary community organisations www.hact.org.uk
    11. 11. What we found out• Little engagement with mainstream welfare to work provision: – Only 28% are engaging with/linking up to Work Programme – 35 housing orgs in WP supply chains = 2% of housing sector www.hact.org.uk
    12. 12. Something has to change• Only 5% of the long term unemployed got jobs for longer than six months• The government has spent some £435 million on the scheme so far www.hact.org.uk
    13. 13. So for housing providers... 1. Target services and opportunities more effectively 2. Common approaches to assessing impact and effectiveness 3. Engaging with mainstream provision 4. Meet the challenges of welfare reform and universal credit www.hact.org.uk
    14. 14. Community Insight www.hact.org.uk
    15. 15. Sharing, learning, maximising impact www.hact.org.uk
    16. 16. www.hact.org.ukjohn.coburn@hact.org.uk020 7247 7800