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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.

 

Ending child poverty: why and how

By Lizzie Flew, Communications and Campaigns Manager at Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Too many children are growing up in poverty in the UK. The average class of 30 pupils now has nine children living in poverty. In a new guide from Child Poverty Action Group, Ending Child Poverty: Why and…

Disability and financial hardship

By Hannah Biggs and Jo Wildman, Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)    Being disabled, or living in a disabled household, are some of the strongest predictors of poverty in the UK; with nearly half of all people in poverty living in a household where someone is disabled. The cost-of-living…

Reflections on the future of local crisis support summit

By Penny Rimmer, Policy Officer at Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) On Tuesday 30 January, GMPA, alongside the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), End Furniture Poverty and Cash Perks, held an online summit sharing best practice on crisis support and advocating for the permanent extension of the Household Support Fund.…

Free School Meals in the North West

By Tom Lee, Senior Policy Analyst at Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Free School Meals (FSMs) have sparked a lot of policy debate in recent years. Yet, still 900,000 children living in poverty across England do not qualify for nationally provided FSMs, including 100,000 in the North West of England.…

Plinth: the platform helping vulnerable people get the support they need

By Ceci Sutcliffe, Partnerships Development Manager at Plinth Despite their eligibility, there are 3,181,729 single people with an annual income of less than £12,000 that are not receiving the government support they need. (Policy in Practice) Marginalised communities often go to the voluntary sector for support and companionship, whether this…

The Universalism Multiplier

By Georgina Burt, Senior Education Policy Officer at Child Poverty Action Group, and Matija Tomanovic, National Campaigns Manager at the National Education Union Schools are complex ecosystems, and the relationships and experiences children and parents have at school can define their experience of education. The vast body of evidence on…

Britain is resembling the two nations of the Victorian era once again

By Josh Nicholson, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Justice There are those that are getting by, and there are those who are not. Britain is deeply divided - in every metric that the Social Justice Commission used, we found deep gaps between the general public and the most…

Child poverty and caregiver mental health issues negatively impact future generations in UK

By Dr Nicholas Kofi Adjei, Research Associate at the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems, University of Liverpool Child poverty is rising in the UK. There are also concerns about the deterioration in adult mental health. Presently, one in six children and young people in the UK grapple with…

Government fails to take action for people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage

By Laura Burgess, Senior Policy & Research Advisor at Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) Ahead of party conference season in September, GMPA wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister asking for the government to enact the socio-economic duty. We were delighted that over 100 individuals and organisations from within…
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