GMPA’s Money Matters Programme
In line with our programme work, which seeks to implement new and innovative responses to poverty, from June 2022 GMPA is working with schools in the Stretford (and wider) area of Manchester to provide financial advice and support to parents through our Money Matters Programme.
The aim of the Programme is to increase benefit uptake and support parents with debt management advice by working with schools to identify parents who may not access financial support services through traditional routes. With the £20 a week cut to Universal Credit and the rising cost of essentials like food and fuel, it has never been more important to ensure people avoid high interest debt and are claiming all the benefits they are entitled to. The project takes learning from a successful pilot (and now fully rolled out initiative) delivered in Glasgow.
Evidence from this work will be used to support GMPA’s policy and advocacy work, and the scaling up of the initiative across Greater Manchester should it prove successful.
This programme is being delivered by a Financial Inclusion Officer who is working with GMPA, on secondment from Citizens Advice. As a debt and benefit adviser the Financial Inclusion Officer is well positioned to directly advise families on their debt and benefits to improve their financial situation.
The first schools/colleges to be part of the project are Trafford College and Lostock High School, with a view to adding more schools as the project progresses.
With an easily accessible advice service aimed directly at families in need, GMPA expects this project to have a positive impact on helping families out of poverty where possible.
Funding from Kellogg’s and support from Citizens Advice
This Programme is funded by Kellogg’s. Kellogg’s has been supporting school breakfast clubs in the UK since 1998 helping to alleviate child hunger. Kellogg’s funding for GMPA’s Money Matters Programme is driven by a desire to understand how they can further support low income families.
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and impartial advice to millions of people every year and their expertise and resources will be a valuable aid to the project. The Financial Inclusion Officer involved in the delivery of this Programme is on secondment from Citizens Advice Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale and Trafford (CASORT).
Money Matters Programme