You are correct Joe, with even Shelter pushing the need for more affordable homes! In 100% controlled Labour, the council has continued its demolition of perfectly ‘fit-for-purpose’ council homes. To make way for ‘homes-to-buy’, which are built to the lowest energy efficiency. So that property developers, like Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash can accumulate more wealth, at the tax payers expense. Despite the fact, there is over 5,000 empty dwellings in Manchester. And as you state, the social housing sector has done nothing, to highlight the nonsense actions by the council.
Richard Leese, the council leader thinks building more ‘home-to-buy, will bring more young professionals into Manchester. Manchester is already, one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It has the lowest life expectancy for males and third for females. 60% of people who work in Manchester, come from outside Manchester. Therefore, we have high unemployment, in some areas it is 55%, who are ‘economically inactive’. Homelessness, is increasing because of social cleansing, but even the young professionals are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
The big problem in Manchester, is that the electorate are not voting. Lucy Powell elected as MP, with only a 28% turn-out. A recent council election, the turn-out was 11% and this is an area, which has undergone “Regeneration”.
Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):
Social n. – of or relating to people NOT to bricks and mortar!
We need more houses! We need more housing! We need more social housing! We need more genuinely affordable social housing! Lets shout about it we have a shortage of supply!!! And all the while the social rented sector carries as its narcissistic want and outrage.
All perfectly valid points yet all issues of or relating to landlords not to tenants or customers or what really matters PEOPLE.
Strange how you replace the word council in front of the word housing with the word social yet fail to see be able to see what that means!
Social housing is in the people business not the bricks and mortar business and the welfare reform policies which now dictate social housing have not only hammered that home, they have used a sledgehammer to do so. Yet still the blindfold is on social housings leaders…
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