Does housing financialisation deliver a viable economy for Greater Manchester?

By James Scott Vandeventer (@jamesvand) Steady State Manchester    Manchester’s skyline is changing. Fast. While the dominant narrative is that dozens of the buildings transforming this skyline aim to provide more housing in the city centre, the recent report From Homes to Assets: Housing financialisation in Greater Manchester by Dr Jonathan Silver makes clear that these …

Selling Manchester’s heart – unaffordable housing

By Loz Kaye (@LozKaye) Housing is a political concern that touches everybody. Homelessness was the hot topic of the Greater Manchester mayoral election. Planning battles dominate the local media currently. Towers spring up and heritage buildings crumble. It has been very difficult to get a handle on a very complex picture, particularly in the rapidly …

How Greater Manchester became the capital of housing action in the UK

By Isaac Rose (@wouldntdaremate) Anybody who lives in or visits Manchester cannot avoid seeing the stark reality of the city’s housing crisis – a large and growing homeless population. Homelessness is the product of a failed housing system, but is only the most visible element of a wider crisis. Rising rents, compulsory purchase orders and social cleansing, and …

No, Councillor Blundell – the solution to begging isn’t fines, it’s fixing our broken housing system

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction) Councillor John Blundell strongly proposed in Manchester Confidential that Manchester City Council should start fining “aggressive beggars” as it is “the only solution” to what he describes as “organised begging”. His use of the term “beggar” comes off the back of Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese in his leader’s blog describing Christmas as “peak begging …

Solidarity with Up The Elephant

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction) GMHA stands in solidarity with Elephant and Castle and their local campaign against Delancey's planning application for the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the London College of Communication. The proposed replacement is a mix of homes and retail units, with only 3% of new homes at social rent …