The Covid-19 emergency demonstrated both the fragility of how the world’s economy was organised, but also the immense power of communities working together.
As the impact has worsened, it is those living in the areas of highest deprivation and in most acute housing need that have been impacted most. Where we live has even more significance when asked to stay in our homes for prolonged periods. For many living in unsuitable, inaccessible or unhealthy homes, this will not have been a positive experience. We have already seen the widening of existing health inequalities, and the long-term impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised.
We know it will have a legacy on the way we work, how we provide services and which services are considered essential. We also know that the crisis that we have faced, strengthens commitments that good quality housing is a fundamental right that underpins good health and wellbeing, and that long term investment into both temporary and truly affordable housing and communities to support those in the most acute housing need is essential.
This agreement, its vision, objectives and outcomes will bring private and public sector intervention together to bring the delivery of new homes forward. It will drive growth and investment that will play a significant role in the Greater Manchester social, physical and economic recovery.
"We have already seen the widening of existing health inequalities, and the long-term impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised."