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Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) supports our network of stakeholders with information and knowledge about poverty, with a strong focus on policy and practice that reduces and prevents poverty.

On this page you can access our latest articles relating to different aspects of poverty, which have all featured in our fortnightly newsletter.

Please get in touch if you would like to submit an article to be considered for inclusion.

 

Divided by despair – exploring deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide across England

By Christine Camacho, PhD Fellow ARC-GM at the University of Manchester and Dr Luke Munford, Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Manchester     In the wake of the 'Deaths of Despair' (DoD) phenomenon observed in the United States in 2015, Christine Camacho and Dr Luke Munford explore…

Pushed under, pushed out

By Kiri Adams, Social Policy Manager at Christians Against Poverty You will often find debt and poverty come hand in hand. Low income, poor living standards, ill health, relationship breakdown and unemployment are all interconnected. Yet, until recently, very little research had been undertaken to explore the link between debt,…

How might the two-child limit policy be affecting children’s early learning?

By Simran Motiani, Analyst (A Fairer Start) at Nesta Implemented in 2017, the two-child limit policy restricts support for families via Universal Credit or Child Tax Credits to the first two children in a household. As of April 2023, around 1.5 million children live in households affected by this policy,…

Introducing a child lock: Save the Children’s campaign to secure children’s futures

By Meghan Meek-O'Connor, Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Save the Children Child poverty in this country has become a fact of life: ‘too big to tackle, and too familiar to notice’. There are 4.2 million children growing up in poverty, which equates to nine children in a class of…

Designing systems that care

By Hannah Webster, Co-Founder at Care Full Care Full - a new organisation launched this year by myself and co-founder Ruth Hannan - explores what a system that enables us to care for ourselves, each other and the planet, by design, looks like. This is a contrast to the design…

Under-valued (paid and unpaid) care work drives poverty and inequalities: here are six ways governments can change that

By Silvia Galandini, Domestic Poverty Lead at Oxfam GB and Claire Spoors, Advocacy Adviser (UK Inequality) at Oxfam GB   Oxfam’s new paper sets out how the systemic undervaluation of care creates and deepens the link between caring and poverty, and fuels existing inequalities. Every day, millions of people across…

What can employers do to boost financial wellbeing?

By Claire Wood, Director at Datesand Financial wellbeing in the workplace is a necessity. With poor financial health affecting almost one in three employees, it’s crucial that employees feel empowered and supported. By providing this support, you will not only improve your employees’ performance in work but also make a…

No time to wait: An ambitious blueprint for tackling child poverty

By Amanda Bailey, Director at the North East Child Poverty Commission The North East of England has enormous strengths and incredible potential – and can be the most fantastic place to grow up and raise a family. But when a third of children are living in poverty, this is not…

No place for older renters

By Chit Selvarajah, Policy Manager at Independent Age There are more than 400,000 older private renters in England. But despite numbers increasing by about 50% in the last decade, their stories don’t always feature in the housing debate. At Independent Age we are focused on ensuring that older people in…
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