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Welcome to the latest edition of Communities that Work News. This fortnightly e-shot reaches across our membership and our subscribers to cover topics including News, our key areas of work and policy interests, our member news and upcoming events.
Ahead of the summer recess we’re focussing on a key policy area for Communities that Work and our members: the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. As we learned late last week that the Treasury have decided against an extension to the UC uplift, the time to ensure that social funds are directed towards the people and communities that need it most has never been more important. We’re leading early work to influence the Government’s SPF agenda from now, right the way through to its commencement expected in Spring 2022, and are opening information pathways for members and stakeholders from this week.
We’re pleased to open up an invitation to join the new ‘Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) Housing Network’ from today. Communities that Work and Clarion Futures have set up the new Network, focussed on placing social housing at the heart of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. We’ve agreed to collaborate to establish the SPF Housing Network as an online communications and networking platform for the social housing sector to come together on all matters relating SPF. The Network will provide an opportunity to share intelligence, raise the profile of social housing sector in SPF, and show our capacity to collaborate and deliver.
As the UK has left the EU and the transition period has ended, new funding from the EU has ceased. In order to replace it, the Government has pledged to set up the UKSPF to “reduce inequalities between communities”. Very few details on the operation of the Fund have been published so far, although some were released as part of the 2020 Spending Review.
Communities that Work are leading a social housing sector response on UKSPF now, developing a Prospectus for Government to demonstrate the value and impact of working with the social housing sector in the development and delivery of the Fund. Clarion lead the Kickstart in Housing Network and hold significant social fund management expertise. We know that many social housing sector organisations have benefitted from utilising EU funding, particularly ESF and ERDF, and will be seeking new alternative Government funding from 2022. The Network’s foundation membership is drawn from CtW’s membership base and the Kickstart Housing Network, and it’s open to all in the social housing sector to join from today.
We’re hosting the first ‘SPF Housing Network’ Welcome Meeting, online, from 12-1pm on Tuesday 27th July. We hope you can join it, please register in advance for this meeting to secure your place:
Whilst the UKSPF is all about a new social fund, we also learn from existing funds and Communities that Work is pleased to join the next evaluation meeting of the National Lottery Community Fund’s ‘Building Better Opportunities Fund’, led by Ecorys, later this week. We’ll keep our members and subscribers posted on all the learning and opportunity for future social fund programmes which may flow from this current live project experience.
Events, Regional Network meetings, and Information:
Monthly ‘web chat’ with Communities that Work:
CtW Members are welcome, guests by invitation. This is the last member webinar before the summer break; we’ll update on UKSPF, get a look ahead to Autumn news and events and hear from members too.
When: Friday Jul 30, 2021 11:30 AM, please Register in advance for this meeting:
All the events listed here are free for CtW members to join:
See you at an event soon.
Information and other invitations:
Check out NESTA’s
Rapid Recovery Challenge Network, as they seek engagement and connection to the social housing sector and our shared customer and community bases.
This Network will help us connect individuals and communities most affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with innovative tools and services that help with personal finance and job recovery. NESTA want the RRC Network to include a wide range of frontline organisations, from banks to utility providers, supermarkets, local government and not-for-profit organisations – that’s you! Check it out here: https://rapidrecovery.challenges.org/community-outreach-support/
Manchester Metropolitan University
is leading new work on Universal Credit and Employers: Exploring the demand side of UK active labour market policy. MMU are looking at how businesses understand Universal Credit and whether it impacts on the way they recruit, retain and progress their staff. The project will involve interviews with 80 employers drawn from Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, and they are particularly interested in speaking to employers in retail, hospitality and social care. An information sheet for employers is here
MMU are launching the project later this month and are putting on two webinars targeted at Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire employers, to outline the project, say how employers can get involved and answer any questions they might have. If you’re a housing provider with a social care workforce, OR link to local employer groups in GM or West Yorks, please check out the events below.
In Greater Manchester: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universal-credit-and-employers-greater-manchester-project-launch-tickets-161608833371
In West Yorkshire: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universal-credit-and-employers-west-yorkshire-project-launch-tickets-161635531225
Legacy in the Community
, a not-for-profit organisation based in Wales is involved in a pilot project called ‘Legacy Pathways out of Poverty’, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to help tackle the issue of long term 2nd and 3rd generation unemployment in social housing tenants. They know that the Social Housing sector are invested in improving tenant employment outcomes and they hope to help with this. One of the key areas of focus is transforming the lives of those children and young people within families who have been subjected to adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) that have led to a detrimental impact in their educational outcomes. ‘Pathways’ offers a supported route through education, towards work or further education, whether that is a supported apprenticeship or heading to college. They also offer support to members of the family who may have disabilities or long term health or mental health conditions, enabling them to access training, volunteering or employment opportunities without affecting benefits, through a ‘Working on Wellbeing programme’.
They are hosting a Webinar on Wednesday and invite CtW members to find out more information about the project and how they can get involved.
Here is the link to the free event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pathways-out-of-poverty-for-social-tenants-tickets-162307027689
as England prepares to unlock next Monday, are you feeling the crowds yet? Yesterday was the UN’s World Population Day
, which charts the dizzying pace at which humans are reproducing: ‘It took hundreds of thousands of years for the world population to grow to 1 billion – then in just another 200 years or so, it grew sevenfold. In 2011, the global population reached the 7 billion mark, and today, it stands at about 7.7 billion, and it's expected to grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100.’
So, “Hey! Let’s be careful out there