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.

Although budget reductions have led to reduced capacity within some services, there are still opportunities to coordinate services to those residents that find themselves in poverty in a much more effective way. This will require cross sector cooperation to ensure that residents are able to access the services and support they need to lift them out of poverty or prevent them falling into it.

A household in “fuel poverty” if they have fuel costs which are above the national median level, and if, that they were to spend that amount they would be left with an amount below the official poverty line. At a national level, 3.2 million people are currently “fuel-poor”.

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Better Buses article for GM Poverty Action

Better Buses for GM

Our Buses in Greater Manchester aren’t working Article written for GMPA by Pascale Robinson Right now, bus operators can’t be forced to run any service, and they set the fares, but in the next year, we have a huge opportunity to change this wild west scenario. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is deciding now whether

Help with your water bill

Don’t suffer in silence – that’s the message from United Utilities if you’re struggling to pay your water bill. “If you’re going through a tough financial patch and are finding it hard to pay your water bill, please get in touch with us on 0800 072 6765. We’re easy to talk to and the sooner

FI Warm Homes fund for GM Poverty Action

Warm Homes Fund

New scheme offers free central heating for local residents 500 homes across Greater Manchester will get a new central heating system fitted for free thanks to the Warm Homes Fund. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has secured £1.8 million from a national fund £150 million established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.

Struggling families disqualified from justice for GM Poverty Action

Access to Justice

Struggling families disqualified from justice despite Supreme Court verdict This was the headline for an article published by the Law Society last week. “Poverty-hit families are being denied vital help to fight eviction, tackle severe housing disrepair and address other life-changing legal issues, the Law Society of England and Wales revealed today.” The article went

CAB Fuel Poverty awareness article for GM POverty Action

Fuel Poverty Awareness Victoria Egerton leads on Research & Campaigns at Citizens Advice Manchester and is a member of GMPA’s Fuel Poverty Special interest Group. This article outlines some of the issues behind Fuel Poverty, the support that people need, and invites you to a morning of training and discussion on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day,

Fuel, electricity and energy article for GM Poverty Action

Tackling Fuel Poverty

Tackling fuel poverty across Greater Manchester Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, is represented by Jonathan Collins in GMPA’s Fuel Poverty Special Interest Group. Here, his colleague Lauren Webb writes about their work with Energy Saving Trust and the development of a referral network to provide support for fuel poor households in Greater

Fighting Fuel Poverty on the Front Line with Naila Naila Ilyas is a member of GMPA’s Fuel Poverty Special interest Group. She works as an energy adviser for Northwards Housing, a social landlord managing council homes in some of Manchester’s most deprived areas. This article profiles Naila’s work, which over the last three years has

Fuel Special Interest Group image for GM Poverty Action

Fuel Special Interest Group

GMPA’s network is continuing to grow, with increasing numbers of charitable organisations, community groups, as well as councillors and council officers from the ten boroughs, health and social care professionals, those working in higher education and members of the general public. GMPA has brought together specialists to consider how we might take joint action on

Tackling Fuel Poverty

This article was first published in 2014 With over one million families in England struggling to pay their fuel bills, action to help those in fuel poverty has never been more urgent. One in six English families with children are in fuel poverty according to the latest figures from the Department for Energy and Climate

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What is fuel poverty?

This article was first published in 2014 A household is in fuel poverty if they have fuel costs that are above the national median level and that, if they were to spend that amount, they would be left with an income below the official poverty line. Across Greater Manchester, 1 in 5 households are classed being

Accessing services including transport, poverty proofing write up for GMPA

Access to Services: An Overlooked Issue

This article was first published in 2014 A rise in poverty levels across Greater Manchester means a concurrent rise in the numbers of vulnerable people requiring access to various public services. At a time when public services have undergone, and continue to undergo, significant cuts, strain is evident in terms of both demand and what

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