Policy and research

Strategic responses

One of GMPA’s strategic priorities is ensuring stakeholders in Greater Manchester embed a strong strategic approach to tackling poverty. Our work involves supporting local authorities and their partners to consider how they can best do that through the development and implementation of effective and impactful anti-poverty strategies. Our work on voluntary adoption of the socio-economic duty complements the anti-poverty strategies work, ensuring public service providers take socio-economic status into account across everything they do.

You can find out more about our work via the links below. As well as supporting organisations in Greater Manchester, GMPA has worked with local authorities, combined authorities and other public bodies in other parts of the UK through this work. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign

The prevalence of low paying work in the UK means that many working people lack the money they require to meet their basic needs and to participate fully in society. This is one the reasons why in-work poverty is so high in this country, including in Greater Manchester.

The Real Living Wage can play an important role in addressing low pay and boosting household income. The Real Living Wage is an hourly payrate set by campaigners that reflects the real cost of living in a way that the statutory minimum set by government doesn’t.

Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) runs the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region.

Social security in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) is working to support local authorities and other stakeholders to advance conversations about social security provision across the city region. This involves creating opportunities to develop policy thinking and ensuring that local welfare powers (e.g. local welfare assistance schemes) are fully utilised to help address poverty. We advocate for inclusive and accessible approaches to local welfare provision, and a ‘cash first’ approach to support so that people are given maximum choice, dignity and control.

Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about this work.

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