About the Commission

Individuals and organisations from across Greater Manchester have responded very positively to the invitation to submit their experiences of poverty to a newly-formed commission set up to examine the extent and impact of poverty in the sub-region.

Using the evidence and testimony provided by individuals and organisations, the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission (GMPC) aims to identify the key components of poverty within the Greater Manchester conurbation and to suggest solutions that will improve the lives of people who live in poverty. It will also challenge those who can make a difference to respond.

Initiated by a small group of Greater Manchester MPs, the Commission includes representatives from key sectors such as: community and faith; advice and welfare; trades unions; social housing; business; public, and the media. The Bishop of Manchester is the independent chair of the Commission. GMCVO is part of the secretariat supporting the Commission.

Relevant evidence has been sought from as many people as possible, with the Commission particularly interested in receiving submissions which addressed the following questions:

• What does poverty mean to you?
• What, if anything, has changed for you to be in your current situation?
• What do you think it would be like not to be in poverty?
• What would you say are the barriers or obstacles that keep you in poverty?
• What would need to change for you to get out of poverty?

These questions were also used in participatory events held across Greater Manchester from May until the end of October 2012.

All of the evidence and testimony submitted has been collated and compiled into a preliminary report, which is now with the Commissioners. The Commissioners will respond to the interim report with their recommendations. These recommendations will form part of the final full report, which will be released on 15 Jan 2013.

For further information, please contact Martin Miller, martinmiller@manchester.anglican.org; 0161 828 1400.

Further information about the Commission and the hearings can be found in the May 2012 edition of ESI News (the bi-monthly newsletter of the Economic & Social Inclusion Network) and the GMPC publicity statement via the attachments below.