A new blueprint for child poverty & more

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Geaer Manchestr Poverty Action
Geaer Manchestr Poverty Action

Among the items in this Newsletter from Greater Manchester Poverty Action are :-

No time to wait: An ambitious blueprint for tackling child poverty in the North East – Read the full story at https://www.gmpovertyaction.org/no-time-to-wait-an-ambitious-blueprint-for-tackling-child-poverty-in-the-north-east/

What can employers do to boost financial wellbeing? – Read the full article at https://www.gmpovertyaction.org/what-can-employers-do-to-boost-financial-wellbeing/

Policy and research updates

  • We contributed to the benefit levels in the UK inquiry last year. The final report was published last week, and it refers to our submission a number of times. We are pleased to see the report call on the government to introduce a new ‘uprating guarantee’ to uprate working-age benefits and the Local Housing Allowance rate each year to end the uncertainty faced by people claiming benefits. Read more.
  • New research by the JRF and the King’s Fund on the toll poverty is taking on NHS services shows a direct correlation between higher levels of deprivation and higher emergency admissions. It reinforces the insights and analysis from our work with NHS GM and demonstrates a clear need for strategic responses at a local level. Read more.
  • New Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data for 2022-23 released by the DWP shows that the share of people living in absolute poverty rose from 17% to 18%, with the child poverty rate jumping by 2 percentage points to 25%. Food insecurity rose at the same time, from 7% to 10% of households – with 41% of these households on Universal Credit. Read more.

Call for evidence about the priorities of people with lived experience of poverty in the UK Find out more & Submit evidence at https://www.gmpovertyaction.org/call-for-evidence-about-the-priorities-of-people-with-lived-experience-of-poverty-in-the-uk/