Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) carries out research and develops policy responses to poverty. We advocate for changes to policy and practice at a local and city region level, with a focus on prevention and reduction. We also contribute to national advocacy and campaigning so that the structural and systematic causes of poverty are addressed.

This page provides information about our current and previous policy and research outputs.

Poverty Monitor 2020

GMPA has produced the Greater Manchester Poverty Monitor 2020 detailing some of the key statistics relating to poverty across the city region. The Monitor provides a snapshot of poverty across the city region and explores how different areas compare. The aim of the Monitor is to support policymakers and practitioners to understand levels of poverty in their area to help inform and shape responses to the issue.

Social security in Greater Manchester

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 are fully utilised to help address poverty.

You can check out our latest report ‘Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance’, as well as our ‘Cash first approach to welfare provision’ and a series of essays ‘Devolved approaches to social security in the UK’ identifying a number of lessons for Greater Manchester from the experience of devolved nations.

Socio-economic duty

The Equality Act 2010 contains a valuable tool to ensure poverty is given due consideration by public bodies when making strategic decisions and designing services: the socio-economic duty.

GMPA believes that public bodies in Greater Manchester can learn from other areas and think about how they can apply the duty. As part of our work in response to the spread of COVID-19, GMPA developed a briefing to support local authorities consider poverty and socio-economic status in assessment of community responses to the pandemic.  You can download the briefing here

Poverty strategies

GMPA believes having a local poverty strategy in place is highly important. Many of the most important decisions made affecting child poverty and children’s lives are made at a local level.  Download our latest briefing for further discussion about the need for local poverty strategies.

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.

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