In May, Greater Manchester votes for its first directly elected Mayor. It’s vital that housing is a top priority during the election campaign and the candidates commit to making solving our housing crisis a priority.
On Tuesday 28 February, Greater Manchester Housing Providers are launching a campaign for everyone in Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford. The campaign is calling on the new Mayor, the candidates, council leaders, councillors, MPs and local people to back this pledge.
To make this happen we have produced a series of campaign resources for you to promote and share on the day. We will be adding more resources for you to show you support as the campaign progresses.
Make a local splash
Help raise awareness of this campaign in your local media. All press releases are embargoed for 00.01hrs on Tuesday 28 February. If you have any questions about this template press release then please email Matthew Solesbury or call 020 7067 1100.
Download and share the campaign graphics on day of the launch. Click the thumbnails below to download the high res images.
- Pledge graphics
- Header images for your Facebook profile
- Header images for your Twitter profile
- Header images for candidates
Why not tweet @ your local council leaders, councillors and MPs? We will be emailing all Greater Manchester politicians on the day to make them aware of our campaign launch.
Get ready for the week of action, 27-31 March
We need GMHP to be volunteers to take responsibility for running key local events for each of the 10 Council areas which local politicians can attend. We also have a number of stunt ideas which a provider can take a lead on. This approach will ensure key politicians and the public are fully engaged with the campaign. Volunteers should email John Pierce or call 020 7067 1027.
Community pledge sign-up form
Complete campaign pledge sign-up form to support the campaign.
You can also host this form on your website and/or intranet. It’s simple, just copy and paste the code below into an iframe, just like embedding a YouTube video. Then promote it to your staff, tenants and local politicians.
<iframe src="http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=115&ea.campaign.id=65193" name="nhf" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" height = "1600px" width = "100%"></iframe>
Candidate sign up
The following candidates and politicians have pledged their support.
|GM Mayoral position||first name||last name||Party||council|
|Mayoral candidate||Stephen||Morris||English Democrats|
|Cabinet member||Paul||Longshaw||Labour||Salford City Council|
|Councillor||Roger||Hayes||Lib Dem||Bolton Council|
|Councillor||Eddy||Newman||Labour||Manchester City Council|
|Councillor||Gary||Bridges||Labour||Manchester City Council|
We are planning the following acitvites with more to be announced shortly.
|Bolton||Bolton at Home||Meet and greets and key stakeholders to be photographed with pledge board.||27 March||Lisa Charles|
|Bolton||Bolton at Home||Meet and greets. Media 4 Homes film launch||28 March|
|Bolton||Bolton at Home||Key stakeholders to be photographed with the pledge board||29 March|
|Bolton||Bolton at Home||Meet and greets. Bolton Live, Vox Pops at Bolton Market||30 March|
|Bolton||Bolton at Home||Event at Bolton Town Hall 11am-2pm||31 March|
|Bury||SVHA||Scheme launch with local MP||31 March||Sarah Hodgkinson|
|Stockport||Johnnie Johnson||TBC||Emma Midgley|
|Trafford||Trafford Housing Trust||Local event||Barry Knowles|
|Salford||Salix Homes||Local GMHP members organising an event||31 March||James Allan|
|Manchester City||Great Places Housing Group||Projection on building||30 March||Martin Dillon|
|Tameside||New Charter||TBC||Katy Davidson|
|Tameside||Irwell Valley||Local MP, CEO, Irwell Valley and local residents will be signing pledge||31 March|
Election Purdah starts on Monday 27 March 2017 for the mayoral election in Greater Manchester. These rules prevent Councils and the Government from participating in certain activities during an election period. There rules do not govern housing associations. Arms length management organisations should seek advice on their activities with their Council's legal department.
Local politicans and MPs can still support and back campaigns where as Councils can not.
For example, in naming supporters of the campaign in media and social media, we shouldn’t say ‘Cllr Kevin Anderson, Portfolio Holder, Environment, Wigan Council back our campaign’ but should say ‘Cllr Kevin Anderson back our campaign’. And so not referring to Council held position. We can still state that MPs and mayoral candidates back our campaign.
The LGA have produced some advice on Purdah.