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Manchester's plan to go it alone and build its first council homes since the 1980s

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Get the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox so you never miss a thing Manchester council has unveiled plans for more than 200 new homes as it looks to go it alone and build its own housing for the first time since the 1980s. 'This City' was set up by leaders last June with the aim of delivering at least 500 new homes a year for people on lower incomes - including families.

Building more affordable housing remains a key aim for the city, with numbers expected to exceed 7,500 by 2024, though critics still believe the authority should be doing more. READ MORE:Metrolink drivers to strike on same days as Manchester United matches, Great Manchester Run and Manchester Marathon Manchester council is already building social housing in

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