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What is the problem or issue you are trying to solve and how do you know this? Evidence of need and evidence to support particular approaches to meeting need are the basis for successful delivery. We’ve brought together a range of evidence to help with your inclusion work.

A report on Inclusive Growth by the Centre for Progressive Policy September 2019 – The Good Life –  Click Here

Cornwall Council has an evidence-base covering a broad range of topics – [link]

Accessibility Mapping of key services by Cornwall Council – [link]

Community Network Profiles in Cornwall – [link]

2011 Census at a glance in Cornwall – [link]

GOV.UK Ethnicity facts and figures Link

Digital Champions  Link

Digital Inclusion Strategy for Cornwall 2019 Link

on Strategy

In the UK, 87% of people are White, and 13% belong to a Black, Asian, Mixed or Other ethnic group.Use this service to find information about the different experiences of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. It gathers data collected by government in one place, making it available to the public, specialists and charities.

Universal Credit – “Making a Universal Credit Claim”

6 benefits brought together simplifying a complex system – what works and what could be better?

Report from the CAB with clear recommendations to DWP.   Report Here

Shelter’s new report revealing that millions of people in England have suffered a deterioration in their mental health in the last five years because of housing problems, and as a result, many have sought help from their GPs.  You can read the report here. It’s based on interviews with GPs and a survey of 3,500 adults, about the mental health impact of housing problems. The independent research was undertaken on Shelter’s behalf by ComRes in January and February 2017

Foodbanks Emergency Use Only: Understanding and reducing the use of food banks in the UK.  The Child Poverty Action Group, Church of England, Oxfam GB and The Trussell Trust.   Here

Learning from the Helston and the Lizard Works project here 

The Home Office have launched their new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy take a look Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018 – 2025 Inclusive by Instinct.  The Home Office states “We will challenge ourselves to do all we can to ensure that Diversity and Inclusion is central to everything that we do by 2025.  To ensure that we are moving in the right direction, we will formally evaluate our progress against Inclusive by Instinct in 2020.

Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it Link Here

Key findings:

Growth and structure

  • Around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing nearly a million people.
  • 25% of social enterprises are under 3 years old, three times the proportion of start-ups compared to SMEs (8%). Almost four in ten social enterprises are five years old or less.
  • 28% of social enterprises are based in the most deprived communities in the UK. 34% of social enterprises are operating at a neighbourhood or local level.
  • 74% of social enterprises earn more than 75% of their income from trading.
  • The most common source of income for social enterprises is the general public: for 27% is it the main source of income.
  • The number of social enterprises introducing a new product or service in the last 12 months stands at 50%. Among SMEs it has fallen to 33%.
  • 51% of social enterprises made a profit in the past year, with 20% breaking even. 47% grew their turnover in the last 12 months, compared to 34% of SMEs.
  • 41% of social enterprises are led by women. 51% of  social enterprises have a majority female workforce.
  • 89% of social enterprise Senior teams have a female director, 34% have Black Asian Minority Ethnic representation and 36% have a director with a disability.
  • More than two-thirds of Social Enterprises are supporting individuals from disadvantaged groups, and more than four in ten employ them.
  • 78% of social enterprises report paying the living wage to their employees. The average salary of a social enterprise chief executive is £36,115.


  • Only 12% of Social Enterprises increased the size of their workforce: almost a third (30%) have had to reduce their number of employees in the past 12 months.
  • The public sector is the main source of income for 20% of all social enterprises; it is the main source for 59% of social enterprises over £5 million turnover.
  • One in eight of social enterprises  with public sector income is getting it via European programmes.
  • Access to the right finance at the right time in the right form remains the principal barrier to sustainability and growth, although the demand for finance has dropped slightly from previous years.
  • The ability to recruit the right people with the right skills is increasing as a challenge for many.

There’s more useful information in our practice page

If you have evidence you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. We can also house your evaluation reports in our library and show your delivery on our practice page.

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