Taking GMPA’s work to Parliament

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By Graham Whitham CEO, GMPA

Last Thursday Greater Manchester Poverty Action held our first event in London as we took our report, Local anti-poverty strategies: Good practice and effective approaches to Parliament.

We were joined in a packed Jubilee Room by national think tanks and NGOs, London based councils and VCSE sector organisations and members of our Greater Manchester network.

At the event we talked through the report findings. Our Senior Policy and Research Advisor Laura Burgess emphasised why it is more important than ever to support localities to introduce impactful approaches to tackling poverty. Our Policy Officer,  Penny Rimmer introduced the findings and recommendations from the report.

Laura at Westminster Hall for GM Poverty Action

Laura Burgess at Westminster Hall, Parliament

Penny was then joined by Sabine Goodwin from the Independent Food Aid Network, Claudia Sumner from Child Poverty Action Group and Steph Lloyd from the public affairs company Lexington to discuss the report findings and the need to win the argument on poverty both locally and nationally. There were some great questions and contributions from the audience, covering issues around cash-first approaches and the ensuring people with lived experience are supported to influence local policy and practice.

A big thank you to Andrew Western MP for sponsoring and opening the event, and to Baroness Ruth Lister, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty, who gave her reflections on the discussion.

We know there’s more to be done to support localities in the fight against poverty in Greater Manchester, but we’re also determined that our work has impact across the country.

Click download the report and access other resources click here.


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