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Barriers to employment for female tenants (and how to overcome them)

It is known that women housing association residents with children face constraints to employment. These range from their own individual circumstances to shortages of services and problems with the jobs available.

Housing associations – such as L&Q - have increasingly become involved in providing information, support and training to help their residents both to get work and also to progress in it.

The research aimed to better understand the constraints felt by L&Q’s women residents with children to make the transition into work, and the supports that could them make and sustain the transition. It also aimed to identify a range of practical ways in which L&Q could support women residents to overcome barriers to work.

The main source of information for the research was 35 in-depth interviews with L&Q women residents with children, both in work and not working at the time of interview. These interviews were supplemented with:

Analysis of basic information on all 52,000 of L&Q’s tenants from the housing association’s tenancy databaseA small number of interviews with L&Q staff and staff of other employment support organisations working with L&QDesk research on labour marketsA literature review

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IER Project Team Members

Principal Investigator: Anne Green

Project Duration

November 2014 - September 2015

Project Funder

London & Quadrant Housing Trust Ltd via the University of York