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Autumn Statement will increase worries for those on lowest incomes

The long list of spending cuts and tax rises outlined in the Autumn Statement will increase financial concerns for those with least, the chief executive of Bradford-based Manningham Housing Association has warned.

Responding the Chancellor’s measures, Lee Bloomfield said: “Confirmation from Jeremy Hunt that we are now in recession, inflation is at its highest level for decades, taxes are going up and spending cuts are on their way will greatly increase financial worries for individuals and families on the lowest incomes.

“I welcome the Government’s decision to raise benefits and the National Living Wage but, given the ongoing cost of living crisis with inflation set to increase even further in the months ahead, the already stretched household budgets of people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods will be under particular attack.

“Housing associations, such as Manningham, will continue to support the communities we serve in every possible way.

“However, diminishing resources and increasing economic pressures make this incredibly challenging.”

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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 being awarded 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 2021, MHA won the Outstanding Approaches to Communications category at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Awards and was shortlisted for two UK Housing Awards including Landlord of the Year.

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