The Coronavirus outbreak and how it relates to GMPA’s work
As the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak impacts people’s lives across Greater Manchester, our small team at GMPA will be doing what we can to highlight consequences of the virus on people experiencing poverty and on efforts to tackle poverty. This page provides information about our work in relation to the Coronavirus as well as links to useful resources. Please keep an eye on this page and on our newsletter over the coming months as our work develops.
Between 18th and 31st March, 2020 GMPA ran two surveys to understand the initial impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on parts of our network. Thank you to everyone who responded. The findings from both surveys have been fed through the key stakeholders across the city region. The main findings are detailed here
We are also keen to signpost people to our Maps of Support Services. Many of you will have projects detailed on the maps. If the nature of your projects has changed or services have had to close, please get in touch so that we can keep the maps as up-to-date as possible.
Influencing the response to Covid-19
GMPA has been working with stakeholders across the city region to support and influence the response to the pandemic. We are also working to ensure poverty is a strong focus of the recovery. Our socio-economic briefing has been used by local authorities across Greater Manchester to inform Equality Impact Assessments of the community response in each borough.
GMPA was asked to develop a briefing for the Greater Manchester Humanitarian Assistance Group following the announcement of additional funding from central government aimed at supporting local authorities to respond to hardship in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing focuses on the importance of taking a ‘cash first’ approach to local welfare provision. The briefing outlines the benefits of this approach and suggests local welfare assistance schemes would be a suitable route to supporting people in this way.
We have also outlined the needs of food support providers at this time, submitted evidence to Parliament’s “COVID-19 and food supply” committee, and produced several other briefings for GM local authorities’ food and humanitarian leads on issues such as Healthy Start Vouchers.