Research reveals shortage of affordable Greater Manchester homes
Tuesday 4th April 2017 @ 13:13 by Adam Higgins
Greater Manchester News

Eight out of 10 Mancunians now agree there is a shortage of affordable homes in Greater Manchester, new research reveals, as key local figures came together to push housing up the political agenda ahead of next month’s mayoral election.

The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, joined housing providers, politicians and local residents outside the city’s Town Hall on Monday to assemble a giant puzzle pledge calling on the first Mayor to give everyone in Greater Manchester a home they can afford.

New Charter Group are supporting the Greater Manchester housing campaign in Tameside and also joined in for a final push on the campaign.

While Tameside MPs Angela Rayner and Andrew Gwynne signed the pledge with New Charter and Irwell Valley at events last Friday.

The new research, on behalf of the National Housing Federation, shows that more than nine in 10 residents across Greater Manchester 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 research saw 509 local people aged 18 and above, living in Greater Manchester, asked about a number of issues last month.

Eight out of 10 people agreed there is a shortage of affordable homes in Greater Manchester, while nearly one in four said they want to remember the new mayor for building or commissioning new affordable housing.

Message: The housing providers were clear in their visible statement, which will be directed at the new mayor, outside Manchester Town Hall

These public attitudes are revealed as local housing providers campaign for the mayoral candidates and politicians to commit to working with the sector to tackle the local housing crisis.

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

Katie Teasdale, External Affairs Manager for the National Housing Federation, said: “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.

“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.

The providers believe the Metro Mayor, which will be elected on Thursday, May 4, is the missing piece to the Greater Manchester housing puzzle.