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Connected communities

The Inclusive Growth Framework translates inclusive growth from an intellectual concept to into a reality that can be put into practice to build a fairer, greener and better connected region

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Connected communities


Connected communities mean how easily people can interact with the world around them. This includes physical and digital connectivity. Physical connectivity helps people to reach places to live, work, have fun and meet up. Digital connectivity and inclusion helps people to learn and get connected, for instance, through using a device and data. 


Not everyone has access to a car, in particular, people on low incomes. Making sure that all our residents are better connected through quick and reliable public transport is important. This could be buses, and active travel infrastructures such as walking and cycling . It means that they can access local amenities and opportunities. In particular, we should think about connectivity for disabled people so that they too can fully take part and access places to live, work and play. 

With so much happening online, getting connected online is as important as physical connectivity. We must think about making sure communities have access to cheaper, quick and reliable broadband internet access. We must also be building in digital inclusion, so that all citizens, including older people and people on low incomes, can make use of the internet. 


People live in connected communities which enable everyone to interact with the world around them, both physically and digitally.


  • Access (and barriers) to housing, transport, and services
  • Adults who are active (activity of moderate intensity of at least 150+ minutes per week)
  • Digital inclusion / risk of digital exclusion
  • Gigabit broadband internet connectivity
  • Affordability Index (all modes)
  • Proportion of all journeys made by public transport (%)

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