Manchester Council finally admits it has completely failed on affordable housing but plans to fix it don't go far enough

Manchester Council has finally admitted that its affordable housing plans have been a disaster, and recommended new measures to fix it, in a report approved by the Executive yesterday (03/06/20).

But the Liberal Democrats have warned that these new measures still don't go far enough.

The plans will establish a new housing company to finally deliver affordable housing in Manchester after a decade of inaction.

But the new homebuilding target is for just 6,400 out of 32,000 properties built in the city to be affordable.

This is well short of the Council's promise in 2017 to provide between 8,000–16,000 affordable homes by 2025. 

This would mean 1,000–2,000 affordable homes every single year until 2025.

Instead, Manchester will get less than half what was originally promised.

The Liberal Democrats have spent the last five years warning that Manchester Council was failing to deliver anywhere near the number of affordable houses needed.

Just two years ago,15,000 new homes were approved in the city centre and not a single one was affordable.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the North John Leech said:

“Acceptance is the first step: I'm relieved to see Manchester Council admit that plans to deliver affordable housing have been a complete failure and attempt to fix it. But these plans simply don't go anywhere near far enough.

"They make for a good headline but only 6,000 in a ten-year plan of more than 32,000 homes will be affordable – this is less than half what was promised in 2017.

"But this is not the first time Labour has been caught out over its woeful housing plans. Decades of avoiding scrutiny, allowing developers to drop the affordable quota in dodgy quid pro quos and shifting responsibility onto anyone but themselves has finally caught up with them.

"Only the Liberal Democrats will put an end to vested interests and fight for local people to get the affordable housing they need."

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