The Council and democracy State of the city report 2019

A liveable and low carbon city

The Residential Growth Strategy aims to deliver 32,000 new homes between 2015 and 2025. We are addressing issues around our housing by developing a diverse supply of good quality housing available to rent and buy that is well-designed, energy-efficient, sustainable and affordable to Manchester’s diverse residents.

Manchester has strengthened its commitment to tackle climate change by revising its zero-carbon target from 2050 to 2038. This was followed by us declaring a Climate Emergency in 2019. Work is now under way to develop plans to ensure that our annual carbon budget can be met to ensure that we meet these ambitious targets.

Ensuring that Manchester is clean and well maintained and that residents are supported to take pride in the city is one of our key priorities. There has been another improvement in household recycling with indicative 2018/19 recycling rates reaching 40% across the city. Work will continue to Keep Manchester Tidy, new smart litter bins will be installed, and we will invest more to target enforcement action against those who persistently fly-tip.

We are working together with partners and communities to reduce the amount of crime and antisocial behaviour in the city to provide safe, clean, attractive and cohesive neighbourhoods. Better quality parks and green spaces are being provided, and investment in libraries, culture, sports and events is benefiting and increasing the city’s international attractiveness.

Thousands of residents continuing to volunteer, to make a difference where they live, work and play, is having a massive impact and going from strength to strength. The expansion of MCRVIP to cover more volunteering opportunities at a neighbourhood level, will make volunteering even easier, improving the quality of lives of residents and communities.

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