Rochdale Boroughwide Housing is campaigning for Greater Manchester’s first ever Metro Mayor to prioritise social housing and deliver the range of quality affordable homes local people say their area desperately needs.
RBH, along with other regional providers and the sector representative body the National Housing Federation (NHF), want to push housing to the top of the political agenda ahead of the mayoral election on Thursday 4 May.
New research released by the NHF has identified housing as a top priority for voters in Greater Manchester, where there has also been a distinct move away from traditional NIMBY attitudes towards house building.The research shows that 40% of voters in the city region believe the new mayor should prioritise plans for new housing in the first 100 days of office.
Greater Manchester’s new mayor will assume new powers relating to housing, planning and infrastructure. He or she will also have the chance to champion housing policy and seek further devolution of funding and flexibilities from central Government.
The public campaign, which launched 1 March, is being run by the National Housing Federation and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers, of which RBH is a member.It will call on all six mayoral candidates to sign up and pledge their support for everyone across Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford.
The need for affordable housing in Rochdale has never been greater for a mix of different types and sizes of homes, giving people the option to either rent or buy. Providing new homes is also a great opportunity to support and sustain our town centres.
According to the Homes Truths survey, local people now need a pay rise of 32% just to afford an 80% mortgage on a typical home in the area.
Gareth Swarbrick, RBH Chief Executive, said: “RBH is calling on all six mayoral candidates and local politicians to commit to working with us and our sector to tackle the area’s housing crisis and deliver the good quality homes this area needs. In Rochdale RBH is investing to support growth in our town centre by providing a mix of new and existing homes where all types of households choose to live. ”
One in every five homes (258,000 homes) in the City Region is owned or managed by Greater Manchester Housing Providers, housing over half a million residents. So, every fifth door you knock on, you would be talking to one of our customers. They built over a third of all new housing stock in the area between 2011 and 2015 (more than 8,000 new homes) and have clear ambitions to work with the new Mayor to deliver even more.
A series of public events will run during March to showcase how local housing providers are building homes, creating jobs and boosting the wellbeing of people across Greater Manchester.