Mayor Paul Dennett

Housing and Homelessness


Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor, has been chosen to become portfolio holder for housing, homelessness and infrastructure. He will lead on refocusing Greater Manchester’s housing policy, tackling the housing crisis, and the radical rewrite of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
Paul was born in Warrington, moving to Manchester and then Salford during his time at University qualifying with a BA (Hons) in International Business, an MSc in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations and MRES Research in Social Sciences.  He worked as a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan Business school, the Chamber of Commerce and was an active Trade Unionist before being elected a local councillor for Langworthy in 2012.
He served as a Strategic Assistant Mayor between 2012-16, with a focus on equalities and cohesion, technology and change, urban transformation and workforce issues (his portfolio expanded to include innovation, prosperity and growth). Since May 2016, Paul has been elected City Mayor of Salford City Council.
Paul has a long history of campaigning on social issues. In 2015 he introduced the (Salford) City-Wide Equality strategy, recognizing the central role which Salford residents play in the every-day running of our communities. He also led on the Financial Inclusion Survey as chair of the Financial Inclusion Practitioner Group (FIPG). The survey brought attention to the need for reliable banking services to prevent home repossessions and insolvencies, providing a safety net for Salford's residents and preventing a downward spiral of financial exclusion. A Tackling Poverty in Salford strategy (link opens PDF in a new tab) was launched in 2017.
He also played a leading role in Salford's Living Wage campaign, helping to ensure that Salford City Council is now the first accredited Living Wage Council in Greater Manchester. Paul has helped launch the 10 per cent better in Salford campaign (link opens in a new tab) - a social movement that encourages Salford citizens and organisations to make a positive difference through their activities and business.
Since becoming Mayor, Paul has emphasised the importance of housing, jobs and equalities.