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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.

 

Book launch: Eliminating Poverty in Britain

By Helen Rowe, writer and social researcher Poverty is unacceptable and yet, if we are honest, it is accepted. There is a world of difference between alleviating poverty and actually trying to eliminate it, but with a realistic and holistic outlook, it is possible. Should a political party seek to…

Nonprofits call for a long-term strategy for local crisis support in England

By Joe Farnworth-Mayers, Policy Officer (Local) at The Trussell Trust Unexpected costs happen in our lives – whether it’s a boiler packing up or facing a larger than usual energy bill. These costs, while inconvenient, should never mean people find their only option is to turn to a food bank…

New Greater Manchester partnership with Independent Age to create training to support older people in financial hardship

By Jo Garsden, Programme Manager at Greater Manchester Ageing Hub National advice charity Independent Age has initiated a new partnership with Greater Manchester to improve the lives of older residents in financial hardship. Organisations are invited to be involved in development and piloting of new training offers from Independent Age…

“Really user friendly” and “very useful”: Impact of the Money Advice Referral Tool (MART)

By Daniel Oliver, Head of Programmes at Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) GMPA’s money maximising tool has proven to be a success across Greater Manchester.  GMPA established the MART in Greater Manchester over 18 months ago. The tool provides a framework for a conversation to support someone at risk of…

The socio-economic duty in action: case studies from England and Wales

By Megan Isaac, Research and Policy Intern at Just Fair Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010, the socio-economic duty ('the duty'), is intended to reduce socio-economic disadvantage. If enacted, it requires local and public authorities to consider the ways in which their decisions increase or decrease inequalities that result…

Amplifying the voices of lived experience

By Daniel Oliver, Head of Programmes at GMPA One of GMPA's strategic aims is to embed the voices of people with lived experience in the decision-making structures of Greater Manchester. We know that people who are living in poverty, or who have lived in poverty, bring unique experiences and expertise…

Living Wage Champions Awards

By Sophie Little, North West Programme Manager at the Living Wage Foundation On Thursday 6 July, the Living Wage Champions Awards were held in Greater Manchester for the first time ever in recognition of the growth and strength of the movement in the region. Greater Manchester has 693 Living Wage…

Newly launched Poverty Research and Advocacy Network (PRAN) to advance the fight against poverty and justice

By Dr Natalija Atas and Dr Vicki Dabrowski, Liverpool Hope University A momentous gathering happened in Liverpool last month, uniting 160 people who represented over 87 different regional and national institutions, NGOs and charities. Hosted by Liverpool Hope University, the ‘Cost-of-Living’ conference brought together advocates working to eradicate the pressing…

Informing the future with expertise from experience

By Daniel Oliver, Head of Programmes at Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) GMPA recently hosted focus groups with local people to influence our future programme delivery, as part of our commitment to meaningful engagement with people with lived experience of poverty. Over recent months we have been involving and engaging…
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