4 December 2017 – Rethinking Poverty with Andy Burnham: Can Manchester lead the way?
Wednesday 4 December 2017 | 15.30-18.30 | Methodist Central Hall, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ (map)
A Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) and Webb Memorial Trust event
‘Rethinking Poverty – What Makes a Good Society?’ – by Webb Memorial Trust Director Barry Knight – was launched in September 2017. This event explores the book’s
key themes, implications for the Greater Manchester, and ask how we can work together to create a city region free from poverty with an economy and society that works for
In our society, a wealthy minority flourish while around one-fifth experience chronic poverty and many people on middle incomes fear for the future. Social policy has failed to find answers to these problems and there is demand for a new narrative.
Rethinking Poverty argues that we need to start with the society we want, rather than framing poverty as a problem to be solved. It calls for a bold, forward-looking social policy that addresses continuing austerity, under-resourced organisations and a lack of social solidarity.
Based on a research programme carried out by the Webb Memorial Trust involving community activists, academics, think tanks, business, young people, and surveys of more than 12,000 people, a key theme is power which shows that the way forward is to increase people’s sense of agency in building the society that they want.
This event is free but places are limited and registration is essential.
GM Poverty Action coordinates networks of organisations and individuals to reduce poverty across Greater Manchester. They provide opportunities, ideas and support to encourage and strengthen collaboration, and collectively influence policy and practice to address poverty in Greater Manchester.
GMPA does this through the following objectives:
- Raising awareness of poverty, its effects and its causes, and of activities that address poverty
- Connecting people and projects for anti-poverty collaboration
- Helping to strengthen the voices of people in poverty
- Participating in research and projects to better understand and address poverty
- Directly influencing policy and practice that will help to reduce poverty