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

A new framework to support UK local authorities to build more Inclusive Cities

The Inclusive Cities initiative aims to create a major change in the inclusion of newcomers at the local level. The initiative is led by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at the University of Oxford, which facilitates knowledge exchange between cities, sharing international best practices, and between academic researchers, policymakers and practitioners.

Six founding cities—Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Liverpool and Peterborough—have worked closely with researchers over two years to develop action plans for the inclusion of newcomers at the local level. They have worked with a task force of stakeholders in their cities who play a dual role of advising the local authority on their plan while also taking ownership in moving the plan forward.

The Inclusive Cities framework is drawn from this process and aims to set out a roadmap for local authorities looking to create change in this area. The framework was launched at a roundtable event with city leaders across the UK and sets the way for the next phase of Inclusive Cities, which will add six new cities to the programme including Brighton, Birmingham and Newport.

Based on research and lessons learned from the partnership with cities, the framework sets out five core principles and five core areas of action for building inclusive cities:

Five core principles in working to build inclusion at the local level

  • Provide local leadership to create change
  • Inclusion is a shared responsibility, delivered in partnership
  • Work with both newcomers and long-standing residents
  • Use available data and evidence to set goals, monitor impact and update strategies
  • Take action at the local level, provide advocacy at the national level, learn from best practice internationally

Five core areas of action

  • Leading in the development of a shared local story of inclusion
  • Supporting and driving inclusive economic growth
  • Connecting communities
  • Mainstreaming and building inclusive public services
  • Encouraging civic participation and representation

Read the framework and find other resources from the project

Jacqui Broadhead, Denis Kierans
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Jacqui Broadhead (COMPAS, University of Oxford)