MEP calls for EU help after rough sleeping in Greater Manchester increases 227% since 2010

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David Cameron’s decision to reject EU funds to tackle homelessness has been a disaster, a local MEP has said.

Speaking after new figures showed that rough sleeping in Greater Manchester has risen by 227% since 2010, North West MEP, Afzal Khan said that the Prime Minister should explain why in 2013 the UK rejected EU funds which could have helped.

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Manchester sets out 10-year housing strategy

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An ambitious strategy to ensure Manchester can build a minimum of 25,000 homes over the next decade was approved by the City Council’s executive this week.

Following a consultation, the Residential Growth Strategy sets out six priority themes for housing in the city that will ensure Manchester remains attractive and liveable – along with a detailed implementation plan that identifies priorities over the short to medium term.

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Councillor welcomes Labour action to tackle rip-off rents

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Cllr Kevin Peel meets Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds

City centre councillor Kevin Peel has welcomed further details on Labour's policy to introduce more secure tenancies and cap annual rent increases to end rip-off rents.

Labour added a sixth key pledge to the top of its manifesto which promises:

  • Building one million new affordable houses by 2020
  • Abolishing stamp duty on homes up to £300,000 for first time buyers
  • New 'use it or lose it' powers for local councils to stop developers hoarding land
  • Action to bring down rents and create more secure tenancies
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Manchester launch Renting Pledge to drive up standards

Private landlords, letting and managing agents and tenants across Manchester are being asked to sign a pledge that makes a commitment to making private renting better in the city.

Manchester's Renting Pledge was launched this week following last year's housing taskforce chaired by Cllr Kevin Peel which made a series of recommendations to improve the private rented sector in the city and strengthen the voice of tenants and residents.

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Council launches new Market Rental Strategy

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Rental properties in Manchester have doubled in the last decade and with population growth expected to continue in the coming years the city council has set out a strategy to ensure quality within the sector.

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Renters in Manchester will be better off under a Labour government

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Renters in Manchester city centre will be an average of £624 each better off if there is a Labour government in May say local councillors as Labour launches pledge to private renters.

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Housing report taken to Parliament

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Cllr Kevin Peel in Parliament with Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds MP

A report making some bold recommendations to improve the private rented sector in Manchester has been presented in Parliament.

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Council crackdown on dodgy landlords and bid to scrap ‘excessive’ letting fees

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This article first appeared in the Manchester Evening News on 25th October

An eight month inquiry carried out by Manchester council heard ‘common themes’ of excessive fees, deposits failing to be repaid and repairs not being done.

A town hall housing taskforce is launching a crackdown on dodgy landlords and letting and managing agents – and calling for letting fees to be scrapped.

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Councillors welcome Granby House LVT decision

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Celebration as LVT rules in favour of residents following two year effort.

City centre councillors have welcomed the decision by the First Tier Property Tribunal (LVT) to find in favour of residents in their battle with Guinness  Northern Counties over unfair service charges and unnecessary or costly building works.

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