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Local people want more homes so let’s get Metro Mayor building

We're campaigning for Greater Manchester’s first ever Metro Mayor to prioritise housing and deliver the affordable homes local people have said their area desperately needs.

We're partnering the National Housing Federation to push housing to the top of the political agenda ahead of the mayoral election on Thursday 4 May.

New research has identified housing as a top priority for voters in Greater Manchester, where there has also been a distinct move away from traditional ‘not in my back yard’ attitudes towards house building.

40% of voters in the city region believe the new mayor should prioritise plans for new housing in the first 100 days of office, while the National Housing Federation has found that public support for more affordable homes in the North West is now as strong as in London.

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 Tuesday 28 February, is being run by the National Housing Federation and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP).

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.

Jon Lord, Chief Executive of Bolton at Home, said: “We’re 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 homes this area needs.”

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.

Between Bolton at Home and the other GMHP, we own and manage a quarter of a million homes across Greater Manchester and one in every five in the city region.

Over a third of all new housing stock has been built in the area between 2011 and 2015 (more than 8,000 new homes) and there#s clear ambitions to work with the new Mayor to deliver even more.

Support the campaign for everyone in Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford by completing this form.

Media enquiries

We’re happy to comment on current housing and related issues.

For more information contact Andrew Pilkington, Marketing and Communications Manager, on 01204 329714 or email