Greater Manchester Poverty Action carries out research and we campaign for changes in policy both locally and nationally so that the structural and systematic causes of poverty are addressed. This page includes updates on our most recent policy work and forthcoming activities.

Recent and upcoming policy and research work

From poverty to prosperity for all – a joint Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit and Greater Manchester Poverty Action conference (2nd April 2019)

On 2nd April the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit (IGAU) (based at the University of Manchester) and GMPA are hosting a joint conference exploring what more we can do to tackle poverty at local- and city-region level, with a particular focus on Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester can tell an impressive ‘growth story’, but poverty continues to exist across the city-region and on a large-scale. More than 600,000 people are living on low incomes, with child poverty rates of over 40% in parts of the city-region. Meanwhile a growing share of people are in in-work poverty and welfare reforms and a freeze on working-age benefits have taken £100s if not £1,000s out of the pockets of the poorest families.  We need to understand how we can respond to these challenges across Greater Manchester.

The conference is being held at the Mechanics Institute in the centre of Manchester. More information is available here.  Please book your place here

This conference builds on the local poverty strategies event GMPA held at Kellogg’s in October 2018.

Local welfare assistance schemes research

In a major study GMPA looked at the collapse in crisis support in England, tracking the fall in support provided to people needing help to live independently in their own homes or facing a sudden financial crisis.

For full details of the research published on 19th September 2018 you click here.

Local child and family poverty strategies 

GMPA has developed a tool mapping local child and family poverty strategies. The aim is to support local authorities and their partners to identify best practice and to share ideas. We have also published a briefing that makes the case for local child and family poverty strategies and provides some background to our mapping work. For full details click here

Good Employment

GMPA and the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign submitted a joint response to the Combined Authority’s consultation on introducing an employer’s charter for the city region.  You can read our response here

The Poverty Premium

In November 2018 research published by GMPA found that low income households in Greater Manchester could be paying over £1000 over the odds for everyday goods and services. For full details of our work on the poverty premium please click here.