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Introducing Greater Manchester Poverty Action

Meet the Team

Meet the Board

Impact Report

Principal Partners



GMPA is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent and reduce poverty across Greater Manchester. We have developed extensive knowledge about poverty in the city region, identified a powerful network of stakeholders and organisations who share our values, aims and vision and we have influenced policy and practice in several ways since we were constituted in 2016.

Our vision is of a Greater Manchester free from poverty where all residents can realise their potential and access the benefits of living in a diverse and vibrant city region.

We seek to prevent and reduce poverty in Greater Manchester by supporting our network of stakeholders with the information and knowledge they need to address the underlying causes of poverty. We do this through relevant, current and impactful communications. We carry out research and develop policy responses to poverty and advocate for changes to policy and practice at a local and city region level. We contribute to national policy debates that directly contribute to measurable and sustainable reductions in poverty levels in Greater Manchester. We implement innovative practical responses to poverty by convening and networking stakeholders from across the public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors. We seek to embed the voices of people with lived experience of socio-economic disadvantage in the systems and decision-making structures of Greater Manchester.

There are three strands to our work: Policy, research and advocacy, programmes and network support.

The problem

Greater Manchester is home to nearly 3 million people. Despite being a diverse and vibrant city region, over 600,000 residents are living in poverty. Greater Manchester is home to some of the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods. Poverty and economic inequality in Greater Manchester results in widely varying health, education and economic outcomes for the city region’s residents.

Poverty damages the lives of the people it effects, both in the here and now and in the long-term. High levels of poverty act as a drag on Greater Manchester, hindering the economic potential of the area and putting pressure on public services. Poverty, therefore, is everybody’s business.

To find out more about levels of poverty in Greater Manchester, please visit our Poverty monitor page.

Our network

GMPA’s work involves engaging with stakeholders across Greater Manchester. The network includes over 1400 organisations and individuals from across the private, public and VCSE sectors who receive our fortnightly newsletter and attend our events.  They also get involved in our projects, such as the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission and the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, bringing expertise and building power together.

Working closely with our local network, partnering with national organisations and producing focused research reports has enabled us to make valuable connections, influence national campaigns and attract the attention of key influencers.

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