From Poverty to Prosperity for all

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A one day Conference on April 2nd, 2019

This is a joint event organised by the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit at the University of Manchester and GMPA.

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.

How can local areas respond to these challenges? This conference will examine whether it is possible to do more to tackle poverty at local- and city-region level, with a particular focus on Greater Manchester.

Nationally, the Government has scrapped targets to reduce child poverty and the requirement for local authorities to develop child poverty strategies. In the context of city-region devolution, and a growing emphasis on cities as the engines of economic growth, is a commitment to a more inclusive approach to economic development, part of the answer? What new examples and ideas can we draw on to shape action at a local level: to design and promote better jobs; tackle living costs; and help people to gain additional skills and build routes out of poverty?

Confirmed speakers and panel guests include:


Katie Schmuecker, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Uzma Kahn, Deputy Director, Economic Strategy, Scottish Government

Rita Evans, Leading GM Programme Director

Mike Wild, Chief Executive, Manchester Community Central


Supporting parental employment, an “infrastructure” approach with Eve Holt, Co-founder, Happen Together CIC (chair), Imandeep Kaur, Birmingham Impact HUB

Tackling living costs for low income residents: Emma Stone, The Good Things Foundation (chair), Andy Davis, Salary Finance, and Paul Colligan, End Furniture Poverty

An anti-poverty approach to adult skills: speakers to be announced

Equitable business models as a means of tackling poverty: speakers to be announced

This timely conference will bring together people with expertise in economic development, skills, public service reform, procurement, social housing, welfare and debt advice services, crisis and family support services as well as those with experience of poverty to share ideas and learn from practical initiatives that have been trialled elsewhere. The day will end with a panel discussion to identify the next steps we can take to tackle poverty in Greater Manchester.

The conference is being held at the Mechanics Institute in the centre of Manchester. Booking has now closed.  The programme for the day is available here.

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

University of Manchester, GMPA and JRF logos for GM Poverty Action

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