Establish a GM Land Commission – Open Letter to Andy Burnham

58 organisations, including housing and climate groups, trade unions and charities, have signed an open letter to Andy Burnham calling for a democratic approach to managing public land in Greater Manchester. We publish the letter in full below. Email gmhousingaction@gmail.com to add your organisation.   To Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester,   A new …

Who owns the City? The privatisation of public land in Manchester

By Greater Manchester Housing Action   A new report by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, in collaboration with Greater Manchester Housing Action, raises concerns about the privatisation of Council-owned land in central Manchester.   The report highlights a lack of transparency around public land deals and questions whether Manchester City Council is …

What Next for Berlin After Rent Control Voiding?

By Greater Manchester Housing Action   On the 15th April an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Berlin renters took to the streets to protest against the Federal Constitutional Courts decision to void Berlin’s attempt to stop rising rents and community displacement.   The ruling was a sad day for those carving out the dialogue and fight …

Whole worker organising, parties and class power

By Vik Chechi-Ribeiro (@VikCR86)   In October, Vik wrote a piece for GMHA titled ‘Trade Unions, workers and the housing struggle’ where he outlined the need for joint organising between trade unions and renter unions. Here we publish a follow up piece, reflecting on activity that has taken place since that article; and sketching further …

Housing after Covid: the need for intervention

By Nigel de Noronha (@denoronhanigel)   This contribution to the debate about housing after Covid argues that racial discrimination is a long-standing feature of British housing policy, provides emerging evidence of racial inequalities in debt and future housing expectations, and proposes the grounds for a broad-based campaign to re-assert the right to adequate, affordable housing …

Security and crime prevention, a gentrification of Manchester

By Caitlin Colquhoun (@ckcolq)   Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) are being increasingly employed across the country. The centre of Manchester has not been spared in their rollout, with the latest attempt to introduce a PSPO in Manchester City Centre. The effects of PSPOs are far-reaching. They give the police broad powers to limit the …

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 …