This Poverty Monitor was designed to help people concerned about poverty in Greater Manchester to monitor the level of poverty and its distribution across the city. It was developed jointly by Greater Manchester Poverty Action and the University of Manchester.
Households in the UK are officially recognised as being in poverty if their incomes are less than 60% of the median (middle) income, adjusted for household size. These figures are published annually by the government. The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces forecasts for future years. But these data are not available below regional level. A three year average for 2011/12 to 2013/14 showed that 1.5 million (21%) of the population of the North West, and 30% of children were in poverty, after housing costs.
To piece together a picture of poverty at a local level, we have to rely on a range of different data. Many of these are statistics about people claiming various means-tested benefits. We can also look at some of the causes of poverty, such as unemployment and low pay, as well other indicators of the extent to which people are struggling on low incomes, such as levels of fuel poverty.
The indicators presented here are shown in graph form and mapped down the lowest level possible, and for the latest date (usually 2014 or 2015). We also show the distribution of multiple deprivation, using the English Indices of Deprivation 2015.
We would like in the future, depending on available resources, to redesign and update the poverty monitor to reflect the many changes to benefits and other poverty influences.