Strategy for Inclusion in Cornwall

The strategy for Inclusion in Cornwall sets out the priorities and objectives for the next 3 years.

The full document is available Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall 2015 Revised and is summarised in the diagram below.  The Strategy will be reviewed in 2018.


Our strategy was informed by a series of consultation events in communities across Cornwall, where people told us that a more inclusive Cornwall would be one where:

  • People feel valued and differences at individual level are respected and celebrated
  • People can afford the requirements to meet their basic needs, fulfil their responsibilities and live in dignity
  • Everyone has access to services, knowledge, the natural, historic and built environment, education, training and work
  • Everyone knows how and has the opportunity to influence and join in the social, economic and cultural systems and structures that affect our lives
  • People, communities, services and leaders at local and county-wide level work together for better outcomes
  • No-one is left behind

From this we developed four strategic objectives:

  1. Early intervention to prevent exclusion from happening
  2. Integration for people who have become excluded
  3. Join-up services and continually strive to deliver equality of opportunity for all
  4. Challenge poor practice and champion inclusion in policy, strategy and delivery

Some Key Facts from the Inclusion Strategy

The Facts

  1. Cornwall’s population has risen to 532,300 an increase of 6.7% since 2001
  2. There are 230,400 households in Cornwall an increase of 6.8% since 2001
  3. 17 of Cornwall’s neighbourhoods are in the most deprived (worst 10%) in England. This places Cornwall 143 out of 326 local authorities in England (1 is most deprived). The previous IMD data (2010) identified 8 of Cornwall’s neighbourhoods as being among the most deprived in England.
  4. 44 of Cornwall’s neighbourhoods are in the 20% most deprived in England (previously this was 33). Treneere in Penzance has been identified as the most deprived neighbourhood ranked as 414 in England.
  5. Cornwall’s population continues to get older and with 1 in 8 of us being a carer
  6. 63,192 (11.9%) people undertook unpaid care every week in Cornwall compared to 55,580 (11.3%) in 2001 this is an additional 7,612 carers
  7. 29,000 properties are not permanently lived in
  8. 19% of children live in poverty but in some areas this rises to 58% of children (Cornwall)
  9. 1 in 5 have no qualifications
  10. Cornwall has made good progress in the number of households with no central heating – from 18% of households in 2001 to 7% in 2011
  11. 20% of people in Cornwall have never been on-line
  1. 11,800 days in hospital are due to alcohol (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
  2. We have witnessed a 42% increase in the use of anti-depressants
  3. 50 people currently sleep rough in Cornwall
  4. 75% of people over 75 are suffering from a chronic illness of which 45% have more than one condition (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly).
  5. 21.36% of the population stated their day to day activities were limited, this doubles the National figure.
  6. Life expectancy has continued to increase in Cornwall from 79.2 to 79.5 years for men and from 83.3 to 83.5 years for women (08-10) compared to 09-11)  The inequalities gap for life expectancy is closing, down from 5.9 to 5.3 years (men) and from 5.2 to 4.4 years (women), 08-10 compared to 09-11.  Cornwall is ranked 46th out of 150 local authorities [1] for premature deaths.

Examples of delivery against these objectives are posted in our practice page

Below are links to Inclusion strategies and approaches from other areas:

Staying Safe from Cornwall Council – Living Safe and Well 

Social justice: transforming lives is about giving people with multiple disadvantages the support they need to turn their lives around – [link]

The London Health Inequalities Strategy: sets out a framework for partnership action to improve the physical health and mental wellbeing of all Londoners and reduce the gap between Londoners with the best and worst health outcomes –[link]

The Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland: sets out the vision for a Scotland where no children are disadvantaged by poverty – [link]

Hard Edges –  Lankelly Chase Foundation – Mapping severe and multiple disadvantage in England   link

Inclusive Growth (IG) Monitor 2017: Local Enterprise Partnerships
Anthony Rafferty, Ceri Hughes, & Ruth Lupton  –  Link

Research finds women paid less than men in 90% of sectors link

Women working full time are paid less than men in 90% of sectors, with those working in financial and insurance sectors among the worst affected, research shows.

The report, Opportunities and outcomes in education and work: Gender effects, released today by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), examines the impact of gender on a range of education and employment outcomes.

The research finds that male workers are paid on average 19% more than female counterparts in almost all areas of the workforce.

UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Strategic influence is important for championing inclusion. The need for an Inclusion Strategy is in itself a recognition that Inclusion is not fully embedded or impacted in policy and strategy development at national or local level. The need to influence the strategies of other services, organisations and departments is key. Here are some are examples where Inclusion Cornwall and partners have influenced strategy to achieve more inclusive service delivery.

Cornwall Works Conversations: Building on the success of the role that Inclusion Cornwall played in the Winter Wellbeing programme, an approach was made to Cornwall Council to embed “Cornwall Works Conversations” into the process of applying for discretionary payments through the Revenue and Benefits team. The conversations, conducted by the Cornwall Works Hub team aim to get to the underlying reasons for the need to claim discretionary payments and to plug people into relevant support to prevent the need for future applications.

Has your organisation influenced policy or strategy to achieve more inclusive service delivery? We’d like to hear from you and share your practice with others

Related Documents

2015 IC and the Hub

IC Annual Report 2018

Photographs have been funded by the European Social Fund and are courtesy of Simon Burt Photography