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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.

 

Food insecurity

Hunger and the welfare state By Lisa Scullion, University of Salford & Ben Baumberg Geiger, University of Kent A major new research report looks at food insecurity among benefits claimants during COVID-19, finding that half of Universal Credit (UC)claimants are insecure, and one-quarter severely food insecure – even before the removal of…

Elephant in the room

A new film, made by local people has been released that reveals big social challenges facing many communities in Greater Manchester. The film, ‘Made in Bury: Elephant in the Room’, draws on local and diverse voices rarely heard in mainstream media or politics. It explores insecurity, poverty and inequality, and…

Water bills

United Utilities – supporting customers affected by a reduction in benefits United Utilities is inviting customers affected by the recent changes to benefits to get in touch if they are worried about their water bill.   The company has a range of support schemes to help make water bills more affordable,…

Credit Union Awareness Month

By Beck Golubows, South Manchester Credit Union This October, the eight community credit unions of Greater Manchester, collectively known as Sound Pound, will be launching our first-ever Credit Union Awareness Month; getting people talking about one of the finance industry’s best-kept secrets. Credit unions are financial institutions that are owned…

Employer views on UC

New research project seeks employer views and experiences of Universal Credit By Katy Jones, Research Fellow in the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University Research and policymaking has largely ignored employer views and experiences of Universal Credit – the main benefit for people who are out…

Universal Credit cut – Insult to injury

NICs increase ‘adds insult to injury’ for families facing devastating cut to Universal Credit New JRF analysis estimates that around 2 million families on low incomes who receive Universal Credit (UC) or Working Tax Credit (WTC) will pay on average around an extra £100 per year in National Insurance contributions…

Addressing digital exclusion

By Erica Roscoe, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North Digital access is essential to our everyday lives. But our recent research into digital exclusion highlighted the barriers that many face to accessing online resources, and the challenges they encounter as a result. Our research, which focussed on the North East but…

Resolution Foundation report

Number of young people receiving benefits increases A new report by the Resolution Foundation The proportion of young adults claiming income-related benefits increased from 9% to 15% during the Covid crisis – a larger increase than any other age group. This was part of the overall increase in claimants, highlighting…

Fixing Lunch

The case for expanding free school meals (FSM) A new report by CPAG and Covid Realities The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Covid Realties have released a new report, Fixing Lunch: The case for expanding free school meals. The report brings together findings from CPAG analysis and the Covid…
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