Event: Levelling up isn’t working

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This event is fully booked and because of the very high temperatures forecast for Tuesday we have moved it online.  A link for the meeting will be sent to every delegate.

With GMPA’s Greater Manchester Poverty Monitor 2022 demonstrating that the Government’s levelling up agenda is failing to address poverty and socio-economic inequalities, we’ll be coming together in July to explore what more we can do across the city region.

The event will examine the findings from the Monitor followed by a panel discussion focusing on boosting household income and financial resilience as the best means of preventing and reducing poverty locally.

Our Monitor has three aims. To:

  1. Provide a useful resource for those seeking to gain a multi-dimensional picture of poverty in Greater Manchester
  2. Raise the profile of poverty and inequality in Greater Manchester among stakeholders, including the VCSE sector, public bodies, academics, businesses and media
  3. Equip stakeholders with the knowledge they need to tackle socio-economic disadvantage in their own activities, from policy development to service design, advocacy and campaigning.

Collectively, the statistics in the Monitor provide a detailed insight into poverty across the city region. They highlight the scale of poverty and inequality of outcomes, both within the city region and between the city region and the rest of England.

The Monitor details poverty data across a range of ten key themes: child poverty, debt, education, fuel, utilities and food, health, homelessness, housing, deprivation, the labour market and social security.

Key findings from the Monitor include:

  • 25% of children across Greater Manchester live in poverty
  • 181,588 households are experiencing fuel poverty
  • 195,000 workers in our city region earn less than the Real Living Wage of £9.90 an hour
  • The number of foodbanks and other providers supporting people on low incomes to meet basic food needs has doubled in 5 years

Further detail will be presented at the event by our CEO Graham Whitham. The panel discussion will follow and include:

  • Professor Sarah Marie Hall, The University of Manchester.
  • Maria Marshall, Project Manager at The Independent Food Aid Network.
  • Steve Hughes, Chief Operating Officer at Citizens Advice Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale and Trafford.
  • Tom Lloyd Goodwin, Director of Policy, and Practice at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies
  • Helen Lomas, Tameside



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