GMPA Articles

The following articles have appeared in recent newsletters and are written by members of the GMPA team.

Review of 2022

This has been a challenging year for the fight against poverty, with factors outside of our control here in Greater Manchester acting to squeeze incomes and put more households at risk of financial hardship. Read more.

Celebrating the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission

At the end of November we marked the closing of the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission. The event was a celebration of the commissioners’ achievements, in exploring poverty in Tameside and taking action to prevent and reduce poverty in their community. Read more.

Boosting household income with Money Matters

Money Matters is a GMPA programme delivering free debt and benefit advice to families via schools in Trafford. We are now working with a number of additional schools in Trafford and Manchester so that we can extend the reach of the programme. Read more.

Reflecting on our Cost-of-Living Crisis Conference

We were excited by the passion in the room for cash first responses to poverty and the need to ensure we are doing everything we can locally to maximise household incomes. Read more.

Implementing the Socio-Economic Duty in Salford

Salford City Council is the latest council in Greater Manchester to have adopted the duty bolstered by our encouragement that it is a central element of a strategic approach to addressing poverty. Read more.

The importance of involving people with lived experience of poverty

Part of GMPA’s strategy is to embed the voice of people with lived experience of poverty in our programmes and decision making and to encourage others to do so as well. The Money Advice Referral Tool (MART) programme has proved to be an example of the invaluable input people experiencing poverty can add. Read more.

Mini budget – GMPA’s response

The government does not have a strategy to tackle poverty, and the lack of action will increase inequality throughout the country. This will take an enduring toll on the poorest communities and younger generations to come. Read More.

Energy Price Guarantee – GMPA’s response

We are fast approaching what is going to be the most difficult winter in decades. Whilst the Energy Price Guarantee is welcome, it is poorly targeted and will not prevent many low-income households from reaching crisis point. Read more.

Cost-of-Living Crisis Conference – call for Content

With the rising cost-of-living set to hit low and modest income households even harder in the autumn, Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) is holding a one day conference exploring local, practical responses to the cost-of-living crisis. The event will take place on Thursday October 20th in central Manchester. Read more

Money Matters

More needs to be done to maximise household incomes and to boost financial resilience. From this week, GMPA’s new Money Matters project has begun delivering benefits and debt advice to parents/care givers of students at Trafford College, Lostock High School and Seymour Park Primary School. Read more

The importance of local anti-poverty strategies

At GMPA we work with local authorities across Greater Manchester on the design and implementation of their anti-poverty strategies. As the cost-of-living crisis continues to hit more and more people, local councils have a key role to play in offering guidance and support to residents. Read more.

Greater Manchester Poverty Monitor 2022

We have recently published the Greater Manchester Poverty Monitor 2022. The Monitor reveals the scale and nature of poverty in Greater Manchester. By developing this resource we’re able to get a multi-dimensional picture of poverty in the city region across ten themes. Read more.

Families face a £400 per month rise in the cost of basic necessities

Research conducted by Loughborough University for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has revealed that families with children face price rises of £400 per month on basic necessities including rent, heating, and food. Read more.

Extension of the Household Support Fund

In the spring budget the Chancellor announced £500 million of new funding for the Household Support Fund which local authorities can spend in the next six months (£27m has been allocated across Greater Manchester’s ten councils). Read more.

Money Advice Referral Tool- Initial Evaluation

GMPA’s Money Advice Referral Tool is currently in place in Tameside and Oldham. The Tool supports people to access advice and maximise their income by improving referral and signposting between different agencies. The aim is to help people get all the money that they are entitled to, and to reduce the need for referrals to food banks, by increasing access to other kinds of support. Read more

Responding to the cost-of-living crisis

So far, the national policy response has been limited. Government should increase benefits in line with inflation and reverse the £20 per week cut to Universal Credit. This would help alleviate the immediate financial pressures facing low-income households and provide a much sounder foundation on which to build the proper strategy for ending poverty the UK so desperately needs.

Locally it is vital that we focus on maximising household income, providing cash first responses to poverty and boosting financial resilience. Read more

 

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