Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign
The prevalence of low paying work in the UK means that many working people lack the money they require to meet their basic needs and to participate fully in society.
This is one of the reasons why in-work poverty is so high in this country, including in Greater Manchester.
The Real Living Wage can play an important role in addressing low pay and boosting household income. The Real Living Wage is an hourly payrate set by campaigners that reflects the real cost of living in a way that the statutory minimum set by government doesn’t.
Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) runs the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region. The Campaign’s mission has always been to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage City Region. In 2021, that became Greater Manchester’s mission.
GMPA is helping to make this a reality. There were just 26 Real Living Wage accredited employers in Greater Manchester when the GM Living Wage Campaign started. By 26 January 2024, there were 751.