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The Government’s new algorithm, aimed at tackling a major contributor of the housing crisis may do just the opposite for England’s northern cities.

For several years, councils have struggled to calculate the ideal number of affordable houses needed to be built in their areas, which is a key statistic when confronting opposition.

However, the suggested algorithm for assigning this number is ineffective. Land-depleted London will be required to build more houses whilst the North East, North West and Yorkshire are requested to reduce their output.

From 2016 to 2018, none of Manchester’s 14.6k newly built homes were “affordable”. At HSPG we aim to change that.

Affordable housing is a necessity and the Government understands that. But this is not the solution.

We are keen to watch this discussion to see how it unfolds, and in which party’s favour.

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