Published: 2nd May 2017

New metro mayors will struggle to boost local prosperity without tackling the housing crisis, says Kevin Gulliver. The election of metro mayors in city regions in the Midlands and north of England this week constitutes a significant devolution of power and spending from Westminster and Whitehall. Yet the devolved authority apparatus in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Sheffield city region, Tees Valley and Liverpool city region face considerable challenges to boost the prosperity of their sub-regions. How the national housing crisis plays out in city regions is particularly significant since generating greater levels of economic growth while investing in new infrastructure will be compromised if there is insufficient affordable housing to meet the needs of existing citizens and migrating workers. This is why Human City Institute has published a new report to raise the profile of housing issues in the West Midlands. The report, entitled ‘Accelerating Prosperity through Housing in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)