Inclusive Cities: Framework

Published 23 October 2019 / By Jacqui Broadhead, Denis Kierans

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A Framework to Support Local Authorities and Communities to Build Inclusive Cities

Inclusive Cities is a knowledge exchange initiative supporting UK cities and their local partners to achieve a step-change in their approach towards the inclusion of newcomers.

Drawing on innovative ideas and practices from Europe and the United States, Inclusive Cities aims to support the development of an approach to inclusion which is strategic across the city administration. This approach consistently uses positive messaging to develop an inclusive narrative for the city which informs and drives practice and is local authority led, working in close partnership with business, public and voluntary sector organisations to achieve shared goals.

Each of the founder cities (Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Peterborough, with London joining some aspects of the project as an associate member) has developed an action plan which identifies a number of strategic priorities and practical initiatives which aim to broaden opportunities for inclusion of all residents across the economic, social and civic life of the city. Each city has appointed a Taskforce of stakeholders from the private, public and voluntary sectors who advise on the project and take forward the actions in their respective sectors.

This framework draws on the learning from this action planning process. It draws out the key themes and priorities from the experience of the six founder cities, alongside learning from research and international examples, including the learning partner for the project, Welcoming International. In doing so, it sets out a framework of core principles and priority areas which all municipalities can work towards becoming an inclusive city.


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