Our take on the Mayor of Greater Manchester's speech on decarbonisation, devolution and housing.
Marketing Manager had the opportunity to attend Housing 2021 in Manchester
earlier this month. On day 2, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, gave
the keynote speech, where he declared housing should be the number one priority
for the government regarding social policy.
cannot have good health without good housing."
claimed that the feeling of security brought about by having safe and
consistent housing can solve many social issues. At Building People we strongly
support this statement. We feel the social value brought about by democratising
the built environment as an industry can go a long way to improving the lives
of those who are currently most affected by the lack of good quality, stable
addressed the low quality of existing housing stock in the UK, citing that 4
in 10 privately rented properties in Greater Manchester are below the decent
home standard. He posited that retrofitting existing housing stock would be
an efficient way to both decarbonise homes and improve living standards.
Building People can be a part of this vision
labour required to decarbonise homes, more employment opportunities will become
available in the built environment. Upskilling the existing workforce will also
be necessary for this project. Building People's platform is an easy way to
join the dots between those looking for jobs, employers looking to upskill
their teams in the face of this large-scale undertaking, and local authorities
looking for organisations to complete the work. Joining in with Building People
can assist a retrofitting revolution at every step in the built environment
life cycle, and help the UK build back better.