Im­prove rented ‘slums’ – mayor

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GREATER Manch­ester mayor Andy Burn­ham has an­nounced an ‘amnesty’ for the city’s worst land­lords, warn­ing them they could lose their slum-like rented homes if they’re not brought up to scratch.

Mr Burn­ham says that if own­ers of dodgy houses and flats don’t com­ply with mea­sures to look after and in­vest in them, he will look to forcibly buy their prop­er­ties.

It is un­clear how it will work in prac­tice, but Mr Burn­ham is de­ter­mined to crack down on sub­stan­dard rented homes and drive out rogue land­lords.

He told a con­fer­ence of the Res­i­den­tial Land­lords As­so­ci­a­tion that there are too many bad land­lords in the re­gion, de­scrib­ing an ‘epi­demic of in­se­cu­rity’ for ten­ants.

Mr Burn­ham an­nounced an ‘ amnesty’ for rogue land­lords who refuse to work with him TELEPHONE: www. glos­sop­car­a­vans. co. uk on im­prov­ing stan­dards - and warned he would look to buy them out if they still refuse to com­ply with his planned ‘ good land­lord scheme’.

The idea has been met with scep­ti­cism by some land­lords and hous­ing of­fi­cials, how­ever – in­clud­ing over the po­ten­tial cost.

Mean­while, Manch­ester Labour has promised in its elec­tion man­i­festo to spend £14m buy­ing up prop­er­ties across the city in a bid to ease the short­age of emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion for the des­ti­tute.

Bosses re­main tightlipped about which houses they are look­ing at, but are un­der­stood to be ex­plor­ing the scope of fam­ily hous­ing in a num­ber of ar­eas, in­clud­ing Black­ley.

Our sister pa­per, the M.E.N., re­vealed how hun­dreds of un­recorded home­less peo­ple are liv­ing in Manch­ester’s pri­vate guest­houses and B&Bs, in­clud­ing in slum­like con­di­tions, last week.

Hun­dreds more peo­ple of­fi­cially counted as l● home­less, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, also end up in pri­vate tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion – in­clud­ing B&Bs – paid for di­rectly by the coun­cil, which has seen its bill for emer­gency hous­ing tre­ble in two years as home­less­ness has soared.

The town hall’s rul­ing Labour group is now look­ing to use its cap­i­tal pro­gramme to buy up prop­er­ties in or­der to have more con­trol over stan­dards and ex­tra space for the city’s bur­geon­ing num­bers of home­less peo­ple.

Cur­rently it is plac­ing 30 house­holds a week in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, much of it in the pri­vate sec­tor. THE North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (NWAS) is look­ing for a new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The trust’s top boss Derek Cartwright is set to re­tire in June after more than 30 years in the am­bu­lance ser­vice.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for his suc­ces­sor are now be­ing ac­cepted.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be paid be­tween £141,000 and £149,000 a year.

NWAS is one of the largest am­bu­lance ser­vices in the coun­try, em­ploy­ing more than 6,000 staff and serv­ing a pop­u­la­tion of seven mil­lion which spans Cum­bria, Lan­cashire, Greater Manch­ester, Cheshire and Mersey­side.

Be­fore tak­ing on the chief ex­ec­u­tive role, Mr Cartwright’s ca­reer saw him work­ing in many ar­eas of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, from his first po­si­tion in the pa­tient trans­port ser­vice in 1986, to join­ing the emer­gency ser­vice in 1988 as one of Greater Manch­ester’s first co­hort of paramedics, and then mov­ing into the op­er­a­tional con­trol cen­tre as a shift con­trol man­ager.

Mayor Andy Burn­ham

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