Devo Manc: A new contract for social progress?
May 20, 2015
Poster at a homeless camp in Albert Square, Manchester, April 2015 The story of Manchester’s economic success jars with the city’s poverty levels. Can Devo Manc plug the gap? ‘If Engels came back to Manchester today he would still recognise the inequality that exists. After nearly 200 years of social progress what’s changed?’ Mike Wild has been chief executive of Manchester’s community and voluntary sector support organisation Macc for ten years, and has chronicled the rise of inequality in the city region. According to the latest figures from the Greater Manchester Poverty Monitor, almost 30% of children in the region live in poverty and one in five households claim housing benefit. In the last five years rough sleeping has risen 50%. ‘We’re being overwhelmed by demand,’ Wild says. This picture contrasts starkly with the economic story of Manchester, now at the heart of George Osborne’s vision … (To read more, subscribe below)