GMPA is piloting an innovative approach to tackling poverty with its Money Matters programme, funded by Kellogg’s.
Money Matters is modelled on a successful pilot, and since fully-rolled out initiative, in Glasgow and aims to increase household income by providing debt and benefit advice in schools.
GMPA’s approach involves working with Citizens Advice SORT, to provide an accredited Financial Inclusion Officer able to support families in school settings. We are working in Trafford and Manchester, with schools including primary and secondary settings and a further education college. This work has included being present at parents’ evenings, hosting coffee mornings and drop-ins, and communicating with families via school newsletters and update apps.
Since June 2022 we have achieved more than £200,000 in gains for household incomes, with most of this total coming from ongoing benefits income and meaning that the cumulative gains from this work will be considerably higher. The gains have also included grants to reduce utility debts, support with buying school uniform, and help in securing vital household items including cookers.
A full evaluation of Money Matters was carried out at the end of the 2022/23 academic year. Findings from the evaluation are being used to influence GMPA’s policy and advocacy asks, and to further expand the work where this is needed.
To find out more about Money Matters, please contact our Head of Programmes Daniel Oliver.
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