August 17, 2022

Cost-of-living Crisis Conference

Call for Conference content

With the rising cost-of-living set to hit low and modest income households even harder in the autumn, Resolve Poverty (Resolve Poverty) is holding a one day conference exploring local, practical responses to the cost-of-living crisis. The event will take place on Thursday October 20th in central Manchester. The conference is aimed at organisations working to respond to poverty at a local level.

The conference will create spaces for leading policy makers and practitioners to come together to learn from impactful examples of good practice, with a focus on sharing practical ideas for replicating and scaling up existing initiatives at a local level in Greater Manchester and beyond.

We are putting out a call for contributors. If you have a project that helps address the financial challenges facing low income households that others could learn from, please let us know. We’re keen to hear from organisations across the public, private and VCSE sectors.

Sessions should focus on at least one of the following:

  • Maximising household income, including through the benefits system, local authority delivered welfare support (local welfare assistance schemes, Household Support Fund, Council Tax Support etc…) or employment.
  • Cash first responses to poverty – this should include innovative ways of prioritising giving people experiencing or at risk of financial hardship money over in-kind support (such as food parcels and energy vouchers). This might include grant provision through the VCSE sector or a housing provider, or a cash first approach to local welfare delivered by a local authority.
  • Reducing outgoings, including through support with debt management and providing access to goods and services at low cost.
  • Increasing financial resilience and the ability of households to respond to financial shocks by supporting access to savings products and affordable credit.

We are particularly interested in projects that have proactively involved and engaged people with lived experience of poverty in design and delivery. Contributors will receive free attendance at the conference and details of their organisation and project will be included in printed and online conference materials.

If you would like to deliver a session, please email with the following:

  • Name, job title and organisation
  • Contact email address and phone number
  • Proposed name for your breakout session
  • A short description of your session (not more than 500 words)
  • An indication of the proposed learning style for your session (e.g. workshop, presentation, world café)
  • An indication of any resources or support you may need for your session.

Alternatively, if are unable to run a session but would like us to include details of your work in the online and printed conference materials please email with the following:

  • Name, job title and organisation
  • Contact email address and phone number
  • A short overview of the information you would like to provide to delegates.

To keep costs to delegates low we are seeking sponsorship for the conference. If this is something you’re able to support, please email Graham.