28 February 2022
Preventing poverty in Greater Manchester
With record-breaking living costs set to affect us all, in-work poverty is likely to become a key employee engagement issue for employers across Greater Manchester.
To understand the causes and how we can work together to tackle poverty across the region, we are hosting a free webinar - ‘Preventing poverty in Greater Manchester’ in conjunction with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Friday 25th March.
We have 3 great speakers who will be discussing different aspects of poverty and how it affects and impacts the local community.
Firstly, James Kelly, a Regional Partnership Manager from the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) will talk about the importance of financial wellbeing. MoneyHelper is part of MaPS and is a government backed service that provides free impartial advice and support to those who have found themselves in debt, and James will discuss the tools they have developed to help people improve their financial situation.
Next, Cath Wohlers who is the LIAISE Manager with the England Illegal Money Lending Team, will talk about the work her team does to support victims of loan sharks. She will explain how they use funds from the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to prosecute offenders and educate communities about the dangers loan sharks pose. She will also provide a couple of case studies of loan sharks who operated in their workplace targeting colleagues and how business owners and managers can spot this and where to find support.
Finally, our Chief Executive Christine Moore, will talk about Manchester Credit Union (MCU) and the services we already provide to thousands of people across GM, which includes access to fair and affordable credit and pathways to building financial resilience by making it easy to save. She will talk about the benefits of saving through a credit union, either individually or through the workplace using our free payroll deduction service BEESMART. Many people when faced with an urgent bill such as car repairs, make bad decisions if they need to borrow as they think only expensive pay day lenders can offer them a loan the same day.
We think this will be an interesting webinar and highly topical given the difficulties many people are facing at the moment with the rising costs of living and energy prices about to double.
Please register to attend using this link and click on the register/book button. You will receive an email confirmation from the Chamber confirming your place with an event link.
We look forward to welcoming you on the day.