Breathing space or thin air? Comments on the Debt Respite Scheme

By the Greater Manchester Law Centre (@gmlawcentre)   280,000 are homeless in England 750,000 are behind on their rent 2000 possession orders were made in the run up to Christmas 500 households were evicted by bailiffs despite eviction ban   On 31 March 2021, the current eviction ‘ban’ ends and the extended warning of eviction …

Review: Rentier Capitalism: Who owns the economy, and who pays for it?

By Richard Goulding (@richmg_)   Brett Christophers, Rentier Capitalism: Who Owns the Economy, and Who Pays for It?, Verso Books, October 2020.   Brett Christophers is a political economist and economic geographer at Uppsala University, Sweden. A well-respected academic whose research explores money, finance, law and housing, he has gained wider recognition in recent years for his …

Trees Not Cars win judicial review against Manchester City Council

By Trees Not Cars (@TreesNotCars)   On Thursday 17th October 2019, Manchester City Council’s planning committee voted through controversial plans to use a former retail park in Ancoats as a temporary 440-space car park for up to two years. They ignored 12,200 people who signed our petition to disagree (10,000 of these living in Greater …

Greater Manchester must leave green belt post-Covid and build on brownfield instead

By Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal (@mcrLabGND)   Storm Christoph showed that Manchester is susceptible to the adverse effects of extreme weather events, which are forecast to become more regular occurrences.   Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal argue that we must abandon the idea of developing on greenbelt, and …

Social Cleansing Deemed Acceptable: LS26 ‘Save Our Homes’ Lose Appeal

By Lily Gordon Brown (@lilygbrown)       The LS26 ‘Save Our Homes’ campaign recently received the devastating news that Pemberstone Ltd’s appeal was successful. Residents of the Oulton Estate now face the demolition of their homes in the name of developer profits. This is indicative of a far wider trend across the UK housing …

Thatcher’s Landlords

By Nick Bano (@NickBano)   We republish Nick Bano's analysis of how Thatcher's legislation laid the groundwork for today's housing crisis, creating the 'rise' of the landlords, and how the contradictions of the system and the response of the organised renters movement may be ushering in the conditions for their 'fall'. It originally appeared on …

‘We won’t pay’. Remembering the Kirkby rent strike

By Kerrie McGiveron (@kerriemcgiv)   ‘There is no doubt that the Kirkby development will be a very attractive one, and the standards of designs, not only for the layout, but in the individual dwellings will be high.’[1] Ronald Bradbury, Architect and Director of Housing for Liverpool, 1953   ‘I wonder if they built these flats …

Take Action! Oppose Government’s Planning Reforms

By the Manchester Local Plan Coalition   Please read the letter below and this article in the Manchester Meteor. If you are as concerned as we are, please use this model letter to email your MP. This letter was sent to Andy Burnham and the leaders of the ten Greater Manchester Local Authorities on 7th January, 2021:  …