We want everyone in Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford

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.  

Campaign Pack

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.

Go social

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  
Mayoral candidate Sean Anstee Conservative  
Mayoral candidate Will Patterson Green  
Cabinet member Kevin Anderson Labour Wigan
Cabinet member Paul Longshaw Labour Salford City Council
Councillor Roger Hayes Lib Dem Bolton Council
Councillor Stephen Pickup Labour Bolton Council
Councillor Eddy Newman Labour Manchester City Council
Councillor Dickie Davies Labour Stockport MBC
Councillor Gary Bridges Labour Manchester City Council

Activities Calendar

We are planning the following acitvites with more to be announced shortly.

Council Organisation Activity Date Lead
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
Oldham FCHO TBC   Louise Howard
Tameside New Charter TBC   Katy Davidson
Tameside Irwell Valley Local MP, CEO, Irwell Valley and local residents will be signing pledge 31 March  
Rochdale TBC      
Wigan TBC      

Purdah Rules

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.