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Manchester needs more homes - We are pledging to help

 

28 Feb 2017


The need for affordable housing in Manchester has never been greater and Southway Housing is campaigning for Greater Manchester’s first ever Metro Mayor to prioritise housing and deliver the affordable homes local people have said their area desperately needs.
 
We are partnering with the National Housing Federation to push housing to the top of the political agenda ahead of the mayoral election on Thursday 4 May.
 
New research has identified housing as a top priority for voters in Greater Manchester, with a huge 40% of voters in the city region believing the new mayor should prioritise plans for new housing in the first 100 days of office1, while the National Housing Federation has found that public support for more affordable homes in the North West is now as strong as in London2.
 
Greater Manchester’s new mayor will assume new powers relating to housing, planning and infrastructure. He or she will also have the chance to champion housing policy and seek further devolution of funding and flexibilities from central Government.
 
The public campaign, which launched 28th Feb 2017, is being run by the National Housing Federation and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) of which Southway Housing is a part.

It will call on all six mayoral candidates to sign up and pledge their support for everyone across Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford.
 
 
A series of public events will run during March to showcase how local housing providers (Southway included) are building homes, creating jobs and boosting the wellbeing of people across Greater Manchester.
 
(Click here for our latest completed project that delivered £1.4million worth of affordable homes in Southway Manchester.)
 
Between all of these housing providers, we own and manage a quarter of a million homes across Greater Manchester and one in every five in the city region. Together we have built over a third of all new housing stock in the area between 2011 and 2015 (more than 8,000 new homes) however this is not enough. Now we have joined forces to encourage work with the new Mayor to deliver even more homes; a target that is essential to meet the basic need within Manchester for new homes
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