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Wellbeing and social inclusion

Infographic showing that the population aged 19-59/64 qualified to at least level 2 or higher is 83.2% in Cambridge and 84.8% in South Cambs, compared to 74.9% nationally); South Cambs is 16th and Cambridge is 1107th in the Multiple Deprivation Index (out of 317 local authorities); 9.5% of households in Greater Cambridge in fuel poverty; % population aged 65 and over in Cambridge in 2018 is 13% rising in 2041 to 18%, in South Cambs in 2018 is 19% rising in 2041 to 26%; there is a 10 year difference in life expectancy between the least and most deprived areas of Greater Cambridge.

Greater Cambridge (see glossary) overall is a prosperous area, but it includes communities and individuals that do not experience the benefits of this wealth. Cambridge was identified as the most unequal city in the UK by the Centre for Cities and includes areas that are among the most deprived in the UK. Within South Cambridgeshire, there are specific issues facing some of those living in rural communities particularly those with limited access to services and transport.

The Local Plan (see glossary) can be a powerful tool to improve wellbeing and social inclusion. It can help direct what kind of jobs are created, and where; the availability of suitable and affordable housing (see glossary); access to services; cultural facilities; green spaces; learning opportunities and employment; as well as positively influencing individuals’ health and lifestyle.

Promoting wellbeing and social inclusion will be affected by our response to all the other themes in this consultation, but in this theme we want to specifically explore how we ensure that growth in the area brings benefits to all.

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