What is a Key Worker?
A key worker is a public sector employee who is thought to provide an essential service. Key workers include teachers, doctors, police officers and fire fighters.
The Key Worker Housing Study
In September 2005 Atisreal was commissioned by Thames Valley West Key Worker Strategy (“TVWKWS”) to identify 'key workers' and establish their current and future housing needs. This was carried out for the local authority areas of Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest.
The findings of this study will be used to inform the planning policies of all four local authorities. It will also be used to encourage those organisations who employ key workers to consider the need for affordable key worker housing when formulating recruitment and retention strategies.
Aims & Objectives of the Study
The aims of the Key Worker Housing Study were:
To identify the key workers in those organisations that are classed as “Key Employers”.
To assess the current and future housing needs and aspirations of these key workers.
To explore the extent to which the level of affordable housing is affecting recruitment and retention of key workers.
To explore the link between housing and economic vitality so that the policiesto meet local housing need assist the local economy.
To forecast key workers’ housing needs up to 2016, with an indication of likely need over the period.
A copy of the study is attached to the bottom of this page.