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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.

 

No Going Back

By Helen Walker, Policy & Influence Worker, Macc Gorton and Levenshulme highlights the need for a radical approach to building resilient communities that can transform people’s lives Representatives of voluntary sector organisations and local groups in Gorton and Levenshulme have shared their experiences and views of working at a neighbourhood…

Childcare costs

Childcare costs rise as providers struggle to remain sustainable during the pandemic By Hannah May Parlett, Coram Family and Childcare Britain’s parents are paying 4% more for childcare for children under two, and 5% more for children aged two than they were one year ago, according to the country’s most comprehensive…

Strengthening local welfare provision

Next steps By Graham Whitham In December, GMPA launched our Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance report. The report identifies good practice and recommendations from across the country and considers how these can be applied to local welfare assistance schemes here in Greater Manchester. Local welfare assistance schemes are…

Action for Children: The fight goes on over Universal Credit uplift

Last week’s Budget announcement that Universal Credit will be cut by £20 a week in October is a setback for families. Imran Hussain, Director of Policy & Campaigns at Action for Children outlines why this choice hurts children - and how the decision could still be reversed. The Budget announcement that…

Strengthening local welfare provision

Events in March will explore strengthening local welfare provision Local welfare assistance schemes can play a central role in the local safety net, meeting people’s immediate needs and averting deepening hardship and deprivation. Lack of government guidance and support on how schemes should operate means that they have evolved differently…

Making Greater Manchester a Real Living Wage City Region

At the launch event for Living Wage Week 2020 on November 9th, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, called on every sector partner and stakeholders to work towards making Greater Manchester the first Real Living Wage City Region in the UK. He urged businesses, local government, the public sector,…

Mental Wellbeing

Greater Manchester Mental Wellbeing conversation findings published By Charlene Mulhern, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership Findings from the Greater Manchester Mental Wellbeing conversation have been published with over 4,000 people emphasising what is important for their mental wellbeing. The aim is to use this information to understand what…

Wigan Equalities commitment

Why Wigan Council have made it their own responsibility to consider poverty GMPA is keen for socio-economic duty to be included in equalities legislation and early in 2020, as part of our work in response to the spread of COVID-19, we developed a briefing. Some public bodies, including Wigan Council,…

Poverty as a Health Issue

By Simon Watts, Public Health Registrar on placement with GMPA Poverty can cause ill health, but ill health can lead to poverty. We are seeing this more visibly with Covid-19, but this was apparent before the pandemic. As apublic health professional, I am passionate about preventing ill health. This short…
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