Why the University defines ‘key worker housing’ too narrowly.

The University’s NW development promises to be good but it could be improved in one important respect. As things stand, all the key worker housing on the site is allocated to short term visiting academics with none going to maintenance workers, gardeners, administrative staff and other full-time manual and support personnel. This is a mistake. The new community would be better balanced and socially fairer if the definition of ‘keyworker’ was broadened to include a proportion of long term non-academic staff. The city is in dire need of more affordable housing and the University should play its part in addressing that need. I will continue to press them on this important issue.

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