Steve Rotheram is the new metro mayor of Liverpool.
So what are Mr Rotheram’s plans for the region? It’s obviously ‘early doors’ into his role as metro mayor, in this article Inside Housing talked with him to find out more.
He is upfront about the challenge to improve the quality of housing, particularly in the private rented sector. “There’s no doubt we have problems with stock. We’ve got absentee landlords, and areas are blighted by private landlords who have bought up housing when the market was at rock bottom and who are sitting on the properties.”
This is a fascinating interview, covering off some of key issues in the region, well worth hearing about his views.
Barbara Spicer, chief executive of Plus Dane, and recently appointed as Mr Rotheram’s advisor, praises his ability to bring people together. “If you look at Housing First, he knows that homelessness isn’t his duty, he knows the council are doing a really good job, but he’s using his role and power to say we could do this dramatically differently with much better outcomes for everybody and therefore he pulls our sector, health and others to the table.”