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Calls to build affordable housing to boost economny

The North West needs to build more than 8 thousands affordable homes to keep up with demand according to new figures. The National Housing Federation claims building them would boost the region's economy by £300m as well as create thousands of jobs. Last year 2,060 were built in our region.

The NHF say Greater Manchester would benefit from an annual cash injection of £156 million if enough affordable homes were built to meet local demand. Building more affordable homes here would support 3,352 jobs by creating new employment opportunities and also keeping people in work - these could be in newly boosted local businesses or housing associations themselves.

  • Greater Manchester

  • Homes needed: 4,047

  • Estimated contribution to the economy: £155,674,989

  • Estimated full time jobs created: 3,352

  • Lancashire

  • 1,598

  • £61,469,887

  • 1,324

  • Cheshire and Warrington

  • 1,189

  • £45,736,981

  • 985

  • Liverpool City Region

  • 828

  • £31,850,480

  • 686

  • Cumbria

  • 437

  • £16,809,975

  • 362