Is this the end of the AirBnB takeover of housing in Manchester?

By Joe Chambers (@Joe_Chambers90), Researcher based at the University of Manchester   AirBnB, satisfying the demand for both short-term and vacation rentals outside of the traditional hotel economy, has seen a continued proliferation across Greater Manchester. The city centre and areas such as the Northern Quarter have been most impacted by this, with many landlords …

“Why does something dramatic have to happen before they do something?”

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction)   Last night the combined authority and ten councils moved to provide emergency housing for the homeless in our city-region. They have used hotels, which are now empty. We welcome this move, which was something we demanded eleven days ago.    This move follows similar interventions in London by Sadiq Khan which …

Government must bail out renters and workers

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction) Today the government announced emergency relief measures in light of the COVID-19 economic crisis. As well as support to businesses, the Chancellor announced a three-month mortgage holiday. This is totally inadequate.   Across the country over 4.5 million households are in the private rented sector, most on precarious short-term contracts. There is …

Statement on COVID-19

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction) In this time of crisis we demand radical action across the housing sector. Throughout our region a fifth of the population are living in the private rented sector (PRS), with the figure closer to 30% in Manchester. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people will be off sick and/or experiencing reduced …

Imagining an alternative future for Greater Manchester

By Mark Burton and Carolyn Kagan (@SteadyStateMcr) Steady State Manchester   For some years now, Greater Manchester has been trying to agree a grand plan for land use: the Spatial Framework. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and other bodies, including Manchester City Council, have promoted a model based on highly specialised zones, for retail, commerce, warehousing …

PSPO recalled by scrutiny committee – now is the time to reject it

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction) The PSPO has been recalled by one of the scrutiny committees on the council. This presents us with a final opportunity to stop its implementation. We must take it.   In November 2019, a proposed PSPO around the Centre was considered by the Council’s Communities & Equalities Scrutiny Committee (CESC).   Dr …

Respond to climate change with more democracy and more money

By Climate Emergency Manchester (@ClimateEmergMcr)   Climate Emergency Manchester has set up a new petition on Manchester City Council’s website. It is called Respond to climate change with more democracy and more money Specifically it calls on the council to: Establish a permanent “Climate and Environment Scrutiny Committee”, of equal standing to the existing 6 …

A warning on the impact of Airbnb from Southern Europe

By Jamie Jover (@jamiejover) ‘Mass tourism kills the city’ has become a common slogan on stickers and graffiti in many cities across southern Europe. The emergence of short-term holidays lets, especially Airbnb, has triggered the displacement of local populations, as housing has turned (even more) into a asset. Against that situation, social movements have started …

‘The Future is Human’. But whose future and for which humans?

By Beth Redmond @redbethmond   The theme of this year’s MIPIM conference, due to take place in Cannes next month, is The Future Is Human. MIPIM is a congregation of some of the very worst humans on the planet; those who either want to sell fake, exaggerated illusions about their contribution to the global property …