Money Advice Referral Tools

GMPA believes that that responses to poverty should focus on getting more money into people’s pockets. That’s why one of our strategic priorities is to support local efforts to boost household income and financial resilience.

A “cash-first” approach to local welfare, and an “advice first” approach to other support services is key to this.

GMPA plans to co-produce Money Advice Referral Tools in six boroughs of Greater Manchester. The tools will describe all the places that people can go for advice and other income maximisation support. The aim is to help people get all the money that they are entitled to, and to reduce the need for referrals to food banks, by increasing referrals to other kinds of support.

The Money Advice Referral Tools have been piloted in Tameside and Oldham.

Please let us know if you’re using a Money Advice Referral Tool – you can also use this link to request hard copies.

Download the Tameside Money Advice Referral Tool.

Download the Oldham Money Advice Referral Tool.


ICF Consulting Services have been contracted by Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) to undertake an evaluation of the Money Advice Referral Tool pilots. This will provide formative, insightful and useful learning on the implementation of the tool; and help to quantify any changes in referral patterns and service user outcomes resulting from the use of the tool. This is important inform both the continued roll-out of the approach and decision making on whether, and how best, to scale-up or transfer the approach elsewhere.

ICF require your help and co-operation in filling out this short survey to record how you are using the tool. This should take 5-10 minutes to complete.


If you are using one of our referral tools, we would appreciate your feedback about how you are finding it. This will help us to learn, and to make the tools the best they can be.

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Please use this form to help us collect data about how the referral tool is used, what support people are accessing, and what support people need but cannot access. Please complete this simple form on a monthly basis.

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This project is funded by The Trussell Trust, with additional support from stakeholders in localities.

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Thanks also to all who worked with GMPA to develop the GM Food Poverty Action Plan, out of which this programme grew.

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