ACORN Manchester – 2018 in review

By ACORN Manchester (@AcornManchester)   As we enter 2019, it’s good to take stock - to stop and reflect on the 12 previous months. Evaluate how it all went. And how did it go for ACORN this year? We absolutely smashed it. Tripling our membership since we launched in January, winning countless cases for our …

Towards community-led housing futures in Greater Manchester

By Housing Futures   What can community-led housing do for cities such as Greater Manchester, and what steps can activists, practitioners and policymakers take to support this? Richard Goulding discusses the findings and recommendations of the Housing Futures project. Housing activists and media exposés have increasingly shone a spotlight onto Greater Manchester’s housing crisis. From …

Temporary accommodation scandal lays bare the effects of no social housing

By Charlie Winstanley    The recent article by Jen Williams investigating the conditions faced by homeless children in Manchester was truly shocking. It threw a light on the appalling conditions faced by families in temporary accommodation - rat infested properties shared with people that are putting children in danger. While the piece focused on Manchester, …

Manchester City Council and the Abu Dhabi United Group partnership

By Jon Silver (@InvisibleMapper)     The partnership between Manchester City Council and the Abu Dhabi United Group through their joint venture, Manchester Life, highlights the connections being made by a growing number of people between the housing crisis in British cities, flows of big capital seeking investment and worrying new international relations involving our …

What does ‘affordable housing’ mean and what’s going on in Manchester?

By Jennifer Devans-Tamakloe, an aspiring barrister called to the Middle Temple and qualified mediator, currently working as a self-employed advocate on the northern circuit in general civil litigation matters. As a volunteer for GMLC, Jennifer aims to draw attention to GMLC’s causes and assist readers with gaining knowledge and understanding. Below, Jennifer responds to the …

Why is the GM Spatial Framework delayed?

By Steady State Manchester The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced that the launch of a redrafted Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has again been delayed.  Here's why.   1) GMCA now thinks 175,000 houses could be built on available land.  Most of this is  "brownfields" sites but some is on Green Belt [see …

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 …