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Metro Mayor to the rescue, urge Manchester housing companies

Housing providers in Greater Manchester described the regions prospective Metro Mayor as the ‘missing link’ in the solving the housing puzzle. As they sought to push the issue higher up the political agenda ahead of May’s election.

According to the National Housing Federation (NHF), eight out of 10 Mancunians now agree there is a shortage of “affordable” homes in Greater Manchester.

Earlier this week, the Bishop of Manchester joined housing providers, politicians and local residents outside the city’s Town Hall, where they assembled a giant puzzle pledge calling on the first Mayor to give everyone in Greater Manchester a home they can afford.

The NHF’s research shows that more than nine in 10 local residents think it has become much harder for younger generations to find an affordable place to buy or rent in the region.

Meanwhile, those renting privately in Greater Manchester are most likely to say they find it difficult to afford the cost of housing.

The giant puzzle pledge, signed and backed by key figures from the region’s 10 council areas, was pieced together for the campaign run by the NHF and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers group.

“Affordable housing is fast becoming beyond the reach of far too many across Greater Manchester. An overwhelming majority of local people, spanning private renters to homeowners, now agree that more homes simply must be built,” said Katie Teasdale, the NHF’s external affairs manager.

“But while public support for more affordable housing is stronger than ever, only one in five feel that the Government is taking action.

“So the time is now. Local people want to remember Greater Manchester’s first Mayor for building new affordable homes, and housing providers want to work with the elected to deliver the right homes for the right people.”

Last week, housing providers in Greater Manchester ran a series of public events to showcase how they are building homes, creating jobs and boosting the wellbeing of local people.

Between them, the providers own and manage a quarter of a million homes across Greater Manchester and one in every five in the city region.

They built over a third of all new homes in the area between 2011 and 2015 (more than 8,000 new homes) and have clear ambitions to work with the new Mayor to deliver even more.

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