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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Holiday playschemes funding article for GM Poverty Action

Funding for playschemes

The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan, which we launched in March, calls for concerted action to provide food with activities for children and young people during school holidays. Manchester Holiday Buzz is a great example of this, involving businesses, charities, the council and housing associations. Manchester Holiday Buzz Playscheme Fund 2019-2020 Young Manchester is

New child poverty figures

New local child poverty figures show worrying rises in poorest parts of the UK By Graham Whitham Today the End Child Poverty coalition launched updated local child poverty figures. With around three in ten children living in relative poverty in the UK, the local figures allow us to understand what those numbers mean at a

Rising child poverty figures April 2019 for GM Poverty Action

Rise in Child Poverty

Latest government data shows a worrying rise in child poverty By Graham Whitham At the end of last month the government released the latest UK poverty statistics. The child poverty figures gained the most attention with the data showing a rise in the number of children living in deep or ‘severe’ poverty. This means that

Child poverty figures for GM Poverty Action

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

FI BLGC for GM Poverty Action

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

Child Poverty

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

Child Poverty statistics for GM Poverty Action

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

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

4in10 logo for profile for GMPA article

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

The Children's Society logo profile for GMPA article

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

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