We're joining forces with housing providers across Greater Manchester and the National Housing Federation to push housing to the top of the political agenda ahead of the mayoral election on Thursday 4 May.
We're campaigning for Greater Manchester’s first ever Metro Mayor to prioritise housing and deliver the affordable homes local people have said Manchester desperately needs.
New research has identified housing as a top priority for voters in Greater Manchester. There has also been a notable shift away from traditional NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitudes towards housebuilding.
40% of voters in the city region believe 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 London.
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 this week, is being run by the National Housing Federation and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP).
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.
The need for affordable housing in Manchester has never been greater. According to the Home Truths report recently published by the National Housing Federation, the average house price in the city of Manchester currently stands at £166,910, which is more than seven times the average income of Manchester residents.
Based on those figures, to afford an 80% mortgage on a typical home, a household currently needs an income of £38,151, which is significantly higher than the current average salary.
Then there’s the issue of deposits. A 20% deposit on an average house in the area is now £33,382, meaning people would need to save around £726 a month from now until 2021 to pull together that kind of deposit.
A series of public events will run during March to showcase how local housing providers are building homes, creating jobs and boosting the wellbeing of people across Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester Housing 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 housing stock 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.