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SALFORD BECOMES FOCUS OF HOUSING CRISIS DURING GM MAYOR ELECTION
 

Star date: 22nd March 2017

GM MAYOR CANDIDATES TO DEBATE HOUSING CRISIS IN SALFORD

Candidates standing in the May election to be Greater Manchester Mayor will be grilled on the housing and homelessness crisis at a special event to be held in St Philip's Church in Salford on April 3rd.

"Over the last two years social housing stock has disappeared and the construction of new council properties is virtually non-existent" says Isaac Rose, of Greater Manchester Housing Action "The hustings will be an opportunity for ordinary individuals, groups and organisations to present questions directly to the candidates."

Full details here...


Homelessness...the lack of affordable homes...developers avoiding £millions in Section 106 payments and avoiding provision of affordable homes...high rents...crap housing conditions...green belt destruction...

...Housing is one of Greater Manchester's hottest issues. But what, if anything, is the new Greater Manchester Mayor going to do about it?

Will they support a Hotel Bedroom Tax? Will they impose a Greater Manchester levy on developers? Will they rip up the GM Spatial Framework? Will they provide more openness, transparency and accountability, and stop Greater Manchester Combined Authority lining the pockets of property speculators? All these issues and more have been aired in the Salford Star recently*, and now campaign groups and residents have a chance to grill the candidates themselves.

In Salford, on Monday, April 3rd, between 6pm and 10pm, there's going to be a special housing hustings featuring candidates Will Patterson, Green Party; Andy Burnham MP, Labour Party; Councillor Jane Brophy, Liberal Democrats; Councillor Sean Anstee, Conservative Party; and Stephen Morris for the English Democrats...

The event, at St Philip's Church on Chapel Street, is hosted by Generation Rent, Greater Manchester Housing Action, Manchester TUC, Unite Community and the University of Manchester Student's Union.

"Greater Manchester is suffering from a housing crisis" says Isaac Rose, from Greater Manchester Housing Action "Over the last two years social housing stock has disappeared and the construction of new council properties is virtually non-existent. This has forced many residents into private-rented properties that are unregulated and poor conditions are all too common

"The incoming metro mayor of Greater Manchester has the opportunity to reverse this trend, say that such conditions are not acceptable in our society and work across the region to work to help solve the crisis" he adds "The hustings will be an opportunity for ordinary individuals, groups and organisations to talk about their experiences of the housing crisis and present questions directly to the candidates."

2017 Housing and Homelessness Mayoral Hustings
Monday, 3rd April 6pm-10pm
St Philips Church
2 Wilton Place, off Chapel Street, M3 6FR

To register and get free tickets – click here


*For a background see previous Salford Star articles...

Greater Manchester Housing Crisis – click here

A Hotel Bedroom Tax Could Provide Homes for Homeless – click here

Massive Green Belt and Housing Plans Didn't Make Sense To Ordinary People – click here

The Scandalous £300million Greater Manchester Housing Fund – click here

£42million Planning Scandal as Salford Mayor Asks What Is Going On – click here

 
The Salford Star will be carrying more articles on the GM Mayor Election once all the candidates have been announced on April 4th

Alice wrote
at 4:06:03 AM on Friday, March 24, 2017
I disagree with Garrett Jones. The research articles on housing and the developers, with their drive to build more and more unaffordable apartments,has been well presented in both the on-line Star and print copies. The Star has recorded the lack of planning fees and 106 payments and also the ignoring of public opinion about some of the sites. In addition, the increase on homelessness has been highlighted, with interviews with homeless individuals and their removal from unoccupied buildings. There has been an intense, detailed debate on housing in the Star for the last year. Please refer to the archived articles and don't accuse this newspaper of lack of substance. The only people who throw stones are those who write comments.
 
The Fat End of the Wedge wrote
at 4:21:51 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2017
Perhaps at least one of the candidates will call the crisis what it really is, an uncontrolled immigration crisis that has been going on ever since the Blair government. All the other crises are merely symptoms of the over population disease. If only more MPs had the same nous as Frank Field. The only Labour MP I have any respect for. The only ones to win from increased house building are the house builders. Still it makes it look like there isn't so much unemployment, so keep building until we sink. There is absolutely no future for this country.
 
Garrett Jones wrote
at 1:41:12 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2017
A very poor article that does nothing to bring the real issues to the fore. I don't know why this site exists other to keep having cheap shots at various parties and individuals. How about some real journalism with some reasoned debate rather than just throwing stones?
 
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