Child Poverty & Education

Parts of Greater Manchester are home to some of the highest levels of child poverty in the country according to research by End Child Poverty.

It is crucial that local authorities, other public bodies and private and third sector organisations recognise the steps they can take to reduce child poverty in the Greater Manchester region.

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Cost of a child 2018

CPAG’s 2018 Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living. The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent. A combination of rising

A new measure of poverty by Graham Whitham for GM Poverty Action

A new measure of poverty

By Graham Whitham Another week, another story about high levels of poverty in the UK. This time from the Social Metrics Commission who have developed a new measure of poverty. You might understandably ask whether we needed a new measure of poverty but bear with me, this one has a backstory. Back in 2010 the

Filling the vacuum FI for event held by GM Poverty Action

Filling the vacuum

The need for local child poverty strategies On Friday October 26th, 2018 from 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Kelloggs, Orange Tower, Media City UK, Salford M50 2HF There is currently a sizeable policy vacuum in respect of tackling family poverty in the UK. The UK government no longer has a child poverty strategy in place. The

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Good Mentor Hunting

Good Mentor Hunting The Mentoring Service at Bolton Lads and Girls Club has been matching adults and young people for well over 20 years. The young people who are referred to the Service are identified as particularly vulnerable – they could be living in care, have a chaotic home and family life, and often live

FI Banksy's Beggar for GM Poverty Action

UK poverty strategy urgently needed

By Graham Whitham In 2008 the UK was experiencing falling poverty rates, the number of people sleeping rough was less than half of what it is today and those of us who had heard of food banks thought of them as an American not a British phenomenon. If someone had said ten years ago that

End Child Poverty 2018 for GM Poverty Action

The End Child Poverty coalition last week published new figures on the levels of child poverty in the UK.  These reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty, compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates. The

School readiness article for GM Poverty Action

School readiness

The Mayor’s focus on school readiness highlights the need for good practice sharing and promotion By Graham Whitham Today is the first day at school for about 35,000 children across Greater Manchester. Last week Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, set out his plan to focus on early years and ensure that children have the skills

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Out in the Cold

Benefit freezes and ‘poverty premiums’ leave struggling families out in the cold  by End Child Poverty Rises in the cost of living will outstrip meagre increases in child benefit by 17 times by 2020, a new report from the End Child Poverty coalition has revealed.  The coalition’s “Feeling the Pinch” report shows that reductions in the

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Child poverty rises

UK Child Poverty rises – 66% of poor children are now in working families In 2014-15, UK child poverty increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs) 66% of poor children live in working families (up from 64%) In response to the latest child poverty figures, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty

People First Tameside for GM Poverty Action

Poverty is often thought of in simple financial terms but without worrying first about an individual’s access to money, groups of people can find themselves marginalised, without opportunity and facing big disadvantages to being involved in society at all. GMPA is in Tameside to visit People First Tameside, an organisation working with local people with

Banana Enterprise Network organisation article for GMPA

Banana Enterprise Network

Banana Enterprise Network  is a UK registered charity, doing things differently in a caring and supportive way!    We set up for a specific social purpose and ultimately aim to reduce poverty.   We are based in Salford.  Our founder and CEO Jayne Allman created the service after identifying a gap in service provision specifically for unemployed

Helena Kennedy Foundation logo with GMPA article

Written by Tracy Langton I have recently become a Trustee on the Board at the Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF) based in London. The Foundation was set up by Dr Ann Limb in 1998 to take forward the recommendations of Learning Works, the seminal report by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC – President of the Foundation – which

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4 in 10

4 in 10 London children live in poverty. 4in10 is a network of organisations and individuals who feel this is unacceptable, and want to coordinate their efforts to tackle this problem at the local and regional level. Having previously been based with the End Child Poverty Coalition and then Save the Children, 4in10 is now

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The Children’s Society

Rob Jackson, Greater Manchester Area Director at The Children’s Society, said: “The Children’s Society has supported disadvantaged children and young people in Greater Manchester since 1889. Nearly three in ten children in the city region live in poverty and this is damaging to both their immediate well-being and long-term life chances. Last year we helped nearly 5,000 vulnerable

Living Wage & The Role of Local Government

The full report is available here: Living wage and the role of local government This think-piece written collectively by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign (GMLWC) seeks to discuss how local authorities in Greater Manchester can show the required leadership to improve pay across the city-region. In Greater

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Read On. Get On

Read On. Get On. is a national campaign to get all our children reading well by the age of 11. Watch the video At the moment far too many kids are leaving primary school without this key skill – including 40% of all our poorest children. Save the Children’s mission is to change this for good

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Wood Street Mission Book Appeal

Wood Street Mission is appealing for new and good quality second hand children’s books for its book clubs. The clubs held during holidays and half-term breaks are designed to promote reading to children – and crucially – their parents and highlight the importance of literacy as a passport to good education and employment. Children living

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Child Poverty in Greater Manchester

This Child Poverty article was first published in 2014 Child poverty is a major problem across Greater Manchester. Research published by the End Child Poverty Coalition found that 92 of the 215 wards in Greater Manchester have child poverty rates of 25% or more. Four wards, Moss Side, Irwell Riverside, Ancoats and Clayton, Hulme and

Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme write up for GMPA

Bolton Young Person’s Housing Scheme

When we think of the homeless, we may picture a grizzled beard and a cheeky smile, poking out from under a hood wrapped in clothes and sleeping bags, asking us if we can spare some change. The temptation is to place them as older people, far past 30, going on until later life: we avoid

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