Community-led housing: a new era of cross-party support?

By Richard Goulding and Sophie King   We are undoubtedly witnessing “a moment” in the history-making of community-led housing in the UK.  Where has it sprung from? Where is it going? What are the motivations behind new forms of political support on left and right, from the centre, and at the local level? What would …

GM Renters Forum News

Facebook Twitter Google+ EmailLinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. By Siobhan Donnachie (@Siobhan_e_d) Summary: TUUK and GMHA are organising Renters’ Forums across the city to push for a renter-led policy response to the crisis of private renting. Rather than a disorganised left lamenting the death of a well funded social …

Seeking a Project Co-ordinator

We’re seeking a Project Coordinator! Passionate about working to address the housing crisis in Greater Manchester? Want to be part of the movement for change? With the fight for our decent, secure, affordable housing more urgent than ever, Greater Manchester Housing Action (GMHA) is looking to engage a freelance coordinator for our Let’s Talk About Housing …

Interview: Manchester’s Councillor Bev Craig on community-led housing

For years Manchester City Council (MCC) has had a chilling effect on any signs of life in the community-led housing (CLH) movement. Now, suddenly, it is counted among the Greater Manchester (GM) councils whose doors and ears are open to ideas for new, creative and democratic forms of housing. MCC's new Director for Housing and …

Why are there no Community Land Trusts in Greater Manchester?

By Tom Moore (@Tom_Moore85 )   Community land trusts (CLTs) have been celebrated as a potential model for neighbourhood revival in areas of disinvestment and neglect. In the face of concerns about communities in many cities being displaced by rising land values, advocates hope that CLTs can also provide a way of enabling existing residents …

Cities are recognising the dangers of speculation and big capital: What will Manchester’s politicians do next?

By Jon Silver (@InvisibleMapper)   With thousands of housing units being built in across wards including Deansgate, Piccadilly and Ancoats, central areas of Manchester have now become a key investment ‘hot-spot’ for profit-seeking finance that cares little for local communities. This rampant speculation, surge in international investment and links to rising rents, displacement, homelessness and …

A victory on tenant security, but the campaign continues

By Dan Wilson Craw (@danwilsoncraw) Generation Rent   After reports in the Sunday papers, late yesterday afternoon the Ministry of Housing published its long-awaited consultation paper on "Overcoming Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector". It allows us a moment to celebrate the first success of the End Unfair Evictions campaign: an acceptance by …

Five reasons why we need more cohousing

By Carl Makin (@carlmakin)   “When people feel supported by strong relationships, change happens. And when we make collaboration and connection feel simple and easy, people want to join in. Yet our welfare state does not try to connect us one to another.” [1]   Loneliness is a constant and growing social problem, and attention …

What is Section 21 and why does it need to be scrapped?

By Jacob Mukherjee Generation Rent   Landlords can remove tenants without giving a reason. That’s unfair and it needs to change. Most of England’s 11 million renters are on contracts with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants with just two months’ notice – …

Grassroots housing movements can change a city

By Veronica Harradence (@v_harradence) ACORN Grassroots housing movements can change a city. This is a sentiment that has inspired individuals across Manchester to form their own branch of ACORN. ACORN, a housing and anti-poverty union, currently run in Manchester by volunteers, aim to support and win campaigns. We are group of people who passionately work …