Greater Manchester is suffering from a unique set of circumstances whereby we don’t have enough social and affordable housing in one of the most desirable cities in the UK. Manchester’s property boom continues to increase rent and house prices, making a home unaffordable for those on low incomes or housing benefit. Local housing allowance has not kept pace with the increase in rent and the introduction of Universal Credit in 2014 means that we have a high number of people in rent arrears living below the breadline, reliant on foodbanks and charities to survive.