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Inside Housing Feature

Give us a Chance’s Chair featured in Inside Housing last week – talking about the importance of employment support, saying that even in challenging times  “our residents, our rental income, and our social mission can all be supported by helping people into work”. Read the full article here.

Engaging with DWP – Work and Health Green Paper due

GUAC members Amicus Horizon, Family Mosaic and L&Q recently met with the Head of the Work and Health Unit at the DWP, Deborah Jamieson, OBE.

At the meeting DWP confirmed they will be releasing a Work and Health Green Paper in the coming months. GUAC have agreed to support and feed into this consultation ahead of its release, and join a roundtable with the Secretary of State in Autumn.

GUAC representatives also used the meeting as an opportunity to introduce our Joint Plan - calling for improved recognition of the work we do, deeper cross sector planning and partnerships and service integration.

Each GUAC member present gave detailed examples of how to effectively work with people on health, well-being and employment goals, and the Work and Health Head explained the role and remit of the Unit.

A full report of the meeting, and links to the information shared by the DWP, will go to all GUAC members later this month. 

Members’ Day success

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for Members’ Day, run in partnership with Enterprise Cube.

Enterprise Cube helps communities and individuals across the country to create and unlock business enterprise. At our Members’ Day, Enterprise Cube facilitated a bespoke training and workshop focused on developing resident entrepreneurs amongst our own communities.

Additional sessions from Turquoise Training provided a well informed run through of how Universal Credit will work for the self-employed, and what steps we can take to support and protect tenants heading for business start-ups.

There is plenty to follow up from the day; GUAC will be co-ordinating additional enterprise work with our members and Enterprise Cube, whilst we continue to work together on joint representations to the DWP.

GUAC will also be feeding into the Enterprise Cube's biggest ever survey of participants this summer, which seeks to track outcomes, including earnings, employment and business start-up success rates.  

DWP: Introducing your new Ministers

With the arrival of a new Prime Minister comes a new set of Ministerial leads, including a new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and a new Minister of State for Employment.

Freshly appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Damian Green MP has been rewarded for his loyalty to May, after backing her early on in the Conservative leadership race.  Green is generally considered to be to the left of the party, and has previously held challenging government roles including two roles in the Home Office, as Immigration Minister, and later Minister of State for Policing.

Working within his team is the newly appointed Minister of State for Employment, Damian Hinds MP, who has moved over from the Treasury. Former marketing professional Hinds takes an active interest in social mobility and financial exclusion issues, and chairs the all-party groups on Credit unions and Social mobility. He told a conference recently that social mobility appeared to have stalled, and he was depressed about the “yawning gap” between the rich and poor.

GUAC will be welcoming and engaging with both Ministers over the coming weeks.

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