Tuesday 4 February 2020

Working for your poverty

Does work provide a reliable escape route from poverty?

Tuesday 4 February, 9.30-10.45am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster

Employment is at a record high, but working poverty has also risen across the UK – with two in three children living in poverty living in working households. Understanding why this is the case – and how it can be changed – is a critical question for millions of households. This is especially for those in the social rented sector, who are disproportionately likely to live in poverty, even when they work.

How reliable a route out of poverty is work? For which groups, and in which circumstances, does taking a job provide an escape route? What is the role of other institutions – from the Jobcentres to social housing providers – in supporting households out of poverty? And what interventions make the biggest difference?

At an event at its Westminster offices, the Resolution Foundation will present the key findings from a joint research project with Clarion Housing Group, the largest social housing landlord in the country. A panel of experts will then discuss what interventions make the most difference in terms of getting people into work, and out of poverty, followed by an audience Q&A.