GM Housing Providers sign up to new anti-poverty pledges
Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) members have already made a significant contribution to the fight against poverty. Last year they helped 7700 residents towards work, supported 600 apprenticeships, and secured 230kickstart placements for young people at risk of long-term unemployment. They helped tenants secure over £22m in unclaimed benefits and grants and in the last 3 years they’ve developed 5000 new homes in GM, over half of which were for social and affordable rent and they have helped over 800 rough sleepers and homeless households into secure homes.
Their new anti-poverty pledges are aimed at alleviating poverty amongst their customers and tackling the root causes of poverty in our communities. The housing providers have pledged to support, promote and implement activities and initiatives that help to address these priorities, and to work individually and collectively to meet the commitments made in the pledges.
This is not the full list of pledges. You can read them here, but these are some of the commitments GMHP have made.
• co-ordinate an approach to reduce the inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage, in line with Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 and adopt the principles of the socio-economic duty* by assessing the socio-economic impact of our policy decisions;
• extend the successful Black, Asian and minority ethnic Leadership Programme to make leadership pathways within the organisations fair;
• carry out an annual survey of member organisations to measure approaches to managing and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to share good practice.
• provide and promote money advice services along with advice on energy use and fuel providers;
• work with GMCA, local councils and VCSE partners to ensure that there is access to emergency food aid for those who need it, and identify longer term, more sustainable ways to support access to healthy and affordable food for all;
• reduce the digital divide through the provision of training, funding, and support for digital inclusion measures to maximise the opportunities available for tenants and residents;
• reduce the financial burden on new tenants by offering a range of ways to access free or affordable furniture, white goods and carpets and access support with decorating.
Employment and Skills:
• work collaboratively to identify and deliver accessible pathways for tenants and residents to access jobs in the growth sectors;
• work collaboratively to support underrepresented groups into our construction vacancies and supply chains;
• create job opportunities for all ages, with an emphasis on supporting those from vulnerable and diverse backgrounds who have been significantly disadvantaged;
• embed employment support work across all activities;
• Deliver pathways into entry level jobs for tenants and residents.
Housing and Homelessness:
• provide safe, warm, dry homes that meet or exceed the decent homes standard and by improving the energy efficiency help residents reduce their outgoings and to support health inequalities;
• work collaboratively on development sites and schemes to maximise impact and reduce costs and develop ways to accelerate delivery of good quality new homes and continue to prioritise the delivery of low-cost rented housing;
• use LetUs, the GM Ethical Lettings Agency, to reduce homelessness by increasing the number of good quality private sector homes available to rent;
• provide housing with support for rough sleepers and homeless people through a variety of programmes;
• adopt an ethical policy to ensure that social rented homes remain in the sector wherever possible.
• maximise the value of the procurement and supply chain by adopting and implementing the principles in the GMCA Social Value Policy;
• build capacity and sustainability in the VCSE sector through the provision of grant funding and access to training opportunities for tenants and residents.
• pay the real Living Wage and seek accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation as Living Wage Employers;
• sign up to the GM Good Employment Charter.
You can read the full list of pledges and other related articles on the GMHP website here
*GMPA’s Socio-economic duty guide details how local authorities and other public bodies should go about implementing the duty.