Despite all the wealth and opportunity London has to offer, the capital has one of the lowest employment rates in the UK. Unemployment and worklessness are particularly high among the quarter of Londoners who live in council or housing association homes.
This report begins by offering the first detailed picture of worklessness among London’s social tenants. It goes on to identify pressures that keep social tenants from the world of work, and offers new recommendations as to how they could be encouraged and supported into employment.
With social housing policy undergoing the profoundest transformation in generations, Home-work represents an important and timely contribution to a vital debate.
The report recommends that social landlords should provide a more robust into-work service alongside a new, flexible rent model that increases gradually in line with earnings; whilst making provision for early-years and out-of-school services for the children of working tenants.