News & Opinion

GMPA reports on initiatives and facilities happening across the region which are aimed at helping those in poverty. Read some of our reports, browse our Newsletters and consider the opinions of our guest bloggers. Please get in touch with any comments or ideas.


The work of Greater Manchester Poverty Action focuses on a number of identified themes.

Housing & Homelessness

Housing providers work within communities and see first-hand the effects of poverty and deprivation in some of the region’s poorest areas so when the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission (GMPC) made the call to action to help tackle poverty housing were quick to step up. Read more Housing and Homelessness articles..

Public Services & Fuel

At a time when public services have undergone significant cuts, strain is evident in terms of both demand and what can realistically be delivered. The cost of public transport, cuts in legal aid and the closure of public services such as libraries all have an impact on people who are trying to get out of poverty. Read more Public Services and Fuel poverty articles…

Child Poverty & Education

Manchester local authority area has the highest rate of severe child poverty in the country according to research by Save The Children. Please also visit our Local Child and Family Poverty Strategies page Read more Children and Education articles…

Finance & Debt

Debt is both a cause and consequence of poverty. In recent years, there has been an increase in sub-prime lending, payday loan stores, cash generating outlets and pawnbrokers. Short-term high interest lending has increasingly been used to cover the rising cost of living. You can also read our Local Welfare Schemes report here  Read more Finance and Debt articles…

Food & Wellbeing

Food poverty is multi dimensional and affects vulnerable people the most. It is caused by a range of factors: low or no income and a rising cost of living make it more and more difficult for people to feed themselves and their families. Please also read our Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan  Read more Food and Wellbeing articles…

Work & Wages

Employment is widely regarded as the best route out of poverty though many training routes into better jobs are out of the reach of people who need to support themselves or a family. You will find our responses to the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter consultations here and find out about the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign here. Read more Work and Wages articles…

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