Metro mayor to open ‘housing summit’ after election win

Steve Rotheram will use his new powers to convene a housing summit to aim to fix the housing market.

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The newly elected Labour ‘Metro’ Mayor for Liverpool city region pitches fixing the housing crisis as one of his main priorities.

Steve Rotheram says within his first 100 days he will look to bring together local authorities, housing associations, developers and other key stakeholders to make “the housing market work for everyone.”

Rotheram will also look to create a “city region-wide vehicle to deliver new homes to rent and buy, as well as other affordable tenures.”

The new mayor is also keen on innovation, with a new Housing Challenge Competition to be set up look for ideas, including piloting these suggestions.

His manifesto claims this will include community built housing, co-operative models and self build initiatives.

The first ever Liverpool regional mayor has also committed to tackling poor quality private rented sector accommodation, as well as empty homes and other assets.

He said: “These are assets than can and should be better utilized. We will work with our local authority partners to promote good practice and co-ordinate initiatives to tackle poor quality rented accommodation and empty homes.”

He has also suggested the Housing First approach will be used when tackling homelessness, saying the issue will only be solved when all partners come together.

He said: “Local Authorities are already leading positive initiatives to tackle homelessness and provide support to street sleepers.

“We believe that this is another area where co-ordination, best practice and fresh thinking can be
applied to enhance these efforts.”