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