Monday, 26 September 2011

Manchester near the bottom of housing survey

Manchester has not fared particularly well in a table revealing the state of housing in England’s 10 biggest cities.

The city finished eight in the rankings ahead of Liverpool and Leicester in the survey carried out by Shelter and Places for People.

They asked nearly 3,000 residents from across England to find out the extent to which they met five key criteria for housing satisfaction, based on affordability,a home in decent standard of repair,security to stay as long as they needed,neighbourhood safety and a home that is the right size for their needs.

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: “While most of us are lucky enough to have a secure, decent and affordable place to live, today’s findings show that the picture across the country is extremely mixed adding:

“We know from the people we see every day that bad housing, whether it’s overcrowded or in disrepair, has a devastating impact on people’s lives. Improving people’s housing needs to be top of the government’s agenda.”

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