23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 19-12-2014 12:56

      REPORT: Poverty in Manchester



      RESEARCHERS at the University of Manchester have worked alongside the Poverty Action Group to form an account of financial deprivation in Greater Manchester.


      The damning report, which was released last week, looks at the rate of unemployment, low wages, pensions and benefit claims as well as more extreme circumstances such as child poverty.




      The unemployment rate in Greater Manchester sits at 9.1% (an estimated 118,400) which is 1.5% higher than the national average. Salford remains the the district worst hit by unemployment, with over one tenth of the city’s population out of work.


      GM Poverty Action Group’s findings also show that unemployment in the area was decreasing prior to the Coalition government, but yet between 2010 and 2013, the city’s unemployment rose by nearly 3%.


      The GMPAG’s account also includes quotes from interviews conducted in their research, to show what the general public’s view on poverty, one interviewee said: “I see it. I live it. I pass through the job centre, I see frustrated people.''


      Others said that unemployment and poor wages meant that it was hard for people to “get the right food on the table” and would ultimately lead to an unhealthy population.

      Credit: Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group



      Even when in work, Greater Manchester finds itself paid slightly less than the rest of the country. Wages in the area have fallen by 6.6% (accounting for inflation) and the lowest paid 20% of full-time workers were earning £8.45 per hour in 2013 compared to a nationwide rate of £8.73.


      People in Bury and Stockport tend to be the highest earners within Greater Manchester, Oldham and Tameside the lowest.


      One person, who is deemed by the report as financially ‘really struggling’ said: “Bills are going up and wages are staying the same, it becomes more difficult every year.”


      Whilst another said that it’s either “eat or be warm in the winter” and also stated that they “wouldn’t be in so much debt if they were offered more support.”


      The full report can be found at www.gmpag.org and more information can be found on Twitter @GMPovertyAction.

      By Lance Holden