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Autumn statement does not halt cost of living crisis – housing association CEO

The chief executive of Bradford-based Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has warned that today’s Autumn Statement is not a turning point for the cost of living crisis.

In a statement, Lee Bloomfield said: “Families and individuals on the lowest incomes, including many MHA tenants, continue to struggle with the cost of living crisis.

“Rishi Sunak has gone on a victory lap after inflation fell to 4.7%, but this is more than double the Government’s target of 2% with food inflation still sitting at around 10%.

“Prices are not going down, they are just going up more slowly and driving more people into poverty.

“The unfreezing in the Local Housing Allowance is long overdue, and the rise in the National Living Wage from April and cut in National Insurance from January are welcome but, without raising personal tax thresholds and with inflation set to remain high, many working people will barely see a difference in the money in their pockets.

“It is a relief that Universal Credit and working-age benefits will be uprated in line with September’s inflation rate, but I would have preferred the increase to be delivered before next spring.

“As ever, the devil will be in the detail bit, at first sight, I fear the Chancellor’s measures do not represent a turning point in the cost of living crisis which must surely be the Government’s priority.”

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About Manningham Housing Association Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has a proud track record of delivering homes and services to communities in Bradford and Keighley. It was founded in 1986 following a piece of research on the housing needs of Black and Asian communities in Bradford. This research proved that the needs of the South Asian community were not being addressed. With an annual turnover of £8.2 million and a staff of 42, the association now manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents.  Around 75 per cent of MHA properties are large family homes with three or more bedrooms.  Over 80 per cent of MHA residents are of South Asian origin but the association proudly serves all of those in need. MHA holds a G1 rating for governance and a V1 rating for financial viability from the Regulator of Social Housing.  In addition to holding the Customer Service Excellence quality mark, MHA is the first housing association in the country to be officially accredited for its work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. In 2022, MHA won the British Standards Institution Users Award for Sustainability, the Northern Housing Team of the Year Award, the Northern Housing Tenant of the Year Award and the West and North Yorkshire Chamber Equality Trailblazer Award.

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