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.

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Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance schemes

Cash first approach to welfare provision


In summer 2020, as part of GMPA’s work on social security, working in partnership with the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford, we invited leading social security policy experts to consider what Greater Manchester could learn from approaches to welfare policy in the devolved nations. You can read five reports here

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