By Graham Whitham
Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) was incorporated in May 2016. The organisation was established to combat growing levels of poverty across the city region through policy and systems change. Initially GMPA’s work was delivered through a voluntary network. Since 2017, we have grown the organisation’s staff team and begun to develop and deliver several outputs that have enabled us to shape the way Greater Manchester responds to poverty.
We’re really pleased to be publishing an Impact Report covering the three years from 2017 up to the end of 2020. It details GMPA’s achievements during that period as we work towards our vision of a Greater Manchester free from poverty where all residents can realise their potential and access the benefits of living in a diverse and vibrant city region.
Our achievements to date include growing the number of Real Living Wage accredited employers, supporting local authorities in establishing anti-poverty strategies and initiatives, building a network of nearly 1400 stakeholders committed to addressing poverty and bringing together organisations from across the public, private and VCSE sectors to take collective action on food insecurity.
We have been able to evidence the value of our work through stakeholder feedback via annual surveys in 2019 and 2020, the results from the latter being detailed in this report. Feedback from the 2020 survey found that among GMPA’s network:
• 97% believe that GMPA’s policy and research reports are either very useful or useful for their work.
• 96% believe that the work of GMPA to help raise awareness of the effects of poverty and its causes is very
important or important.
• 92% strongly agree or agree that GMPA is a vital source of information about how poverty can be tackled in
• 84% say that the work of GMPA has had a strong positive impact or positive impact on the extent to which their
own work focuses on addressing the causes of poverty.
We are really proud of the contribution we’ve made to getting poverty higher up the agenda in Greater Manchester. This work wouldn’t have been possible without support from members of our network and funders. Please take some time to look through the report. We look forward to having an even greater impact over the coming years.