Wellbeing and social inclusion - what are we already doing?
Our adopted 2018 Local Plans (see glossary) include policies which seek to create strong, sustainable, cohesive and inclusive mixed-use communities.
Cambridge City Council has an Anti-Poverty Strategy which includes an action plan. This identified that while the Cambridge economy continues to thrive, there are high levels of income inequality in the city. For example, two wards in Cambridge include areas amongst the 20% most deprived in UK. There are also lower levels of social mobility for young people from poorer backgrounds.
South Cambridgeshire District Council undertakes a range of activities which tackle rural issues. This includes an extensive grants program to support statutory services within the district, by funding organisations to provide vital services including rural car schemes, general and specialist advice, independent living, support for local parishes and communities, homelessness prevention and support for families in crisis or under extreme stress.
As part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (see glossary) we are working with partners across education, training and business to deliver apprenticeships, and encouraging uptake of training opportunities. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (see glossary) is also supporting the development of skills.
Recently the new town of Northstowe became part of the NHS Healthy Towns Initiative. This considers how health, and the delivery of healthy communities, can be a key driver in the planning and design process for a new community. It has provided an opportunity to explore innovation and best practice. The principles it has explored include promoting inclusive communities, good access to health services, walkable neighbourhoods, high quality public transport and cycling links, and opportunities for physical activity.
We are commissioning evidence on jobs, green spaces, transport, cultural facilities and other topics that will support the plan’s response to promoting wellbeing and social inclusion.
Cambridge City Council Air Quality Action Plan 2018 – 2023 sets out Cambridge City Council’s priority actions for improving areas of poor air quality in the city and maintaining a good level of air quality in a growing city. South Cambridgeshire District Council also has an Air Quality Action Plan and publishes annual status reports.
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