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Equity and Inclusion Scheme 2022-24

Equity and Inclusion Action Plan - Objective 2

Deliver schemes, strategies and programmes across the WMCA that help deliver positive inclusion and equitable outcomes, also reducing socio-economic disadvantage and poverty, for our region’s diverse communities


Affordable housing provision


Increase delivery of affordable housing in the region and explore new ways of doing so

Actions required

Effectively develop, collaborate and submit compelling business cases for additional funding from HMG to deliver WMCA approved priorities

Continue to ensure that all projects supported through the Single Commissioning Framework have a minimum of 20% affordable housing provision

Establish Collaborative Delivery Vehicle with regional Housing Association partners to bring forward development on additional brownfield sites and secure more affordable homes in the region

Review the operation of the regional affordable housing definition and the overall delivery of affordable housing in the West Midlands

Engage with the Homelessness Taskforce and contribute to efforts to secure additional funding and support for housing programmes that support homeless families into accommodation



Accessible Housing


Increase the accessibility of homes being built using the WMCA’s housing and land funds

Actions required

Encourage and support wellbeing by design principles within new housing development across the region

Continue to ensure high quality, accessible design is considered when deploying housing and land funds

Develop and adopt a refreshed West Midlands Design Charter



Job creation


Create high-quality jobs through the deployment of WMCA housing and land funds

Actions required

Deploy devolved housing and land funds through the SCF to identified town centre and regeneration projects that provide jobs, skills and business opportunities

Secure new funding from HMG for investing in employment sites to bring forward new jobs and facilities

Bring together investment in targeted and locally agreed inclusive growth corridors generating additional social and economic growth at scale through joint approaches with TfWM, local authorities and other partners

Intervene, acquire, unlock and invest in priority brownfield sites across the region along pubic transport corridors that suffer from identified market failure to bring them forward for housing and employment delivery

Through the WMCAs pioneering approach
to scaling up Advanced Manufacturing in Construction and Zero Carbon Housing, supporting the development of high-tech high- skilled jobs and supply chains in the region



Skills Equity


Drive up skills levels amongst the region’s communities to secure sustainable employment and enhance skills at higher levels so that all communities benefit from the region’s economic growth

Actions required

Continue to develop, test and deliver a range of approaches to prepare young people for future life and work, particularly those at risk of dropping out, including NEET prevention and re-engagement, work experience and mentoring

Accelerate the take up of good quality apprenticeships across the region (also targeting under-represented communities and young unemployed people) and maximise the transfer of unused levy to SMEs, particularly in priority sectors

Commission skills provision for disadvantaged groups (i.e., disabled people; young unemployed people or employed in low wages; homeless people; minority ethnic people; people with mental health issues; long-term unemployed) to give more people the skills to get and sustain good jobs and careers

Support people to develop language skills for work and life - English as a second language (at levels 1, 2) fully funded in priority places for adults who earn the living wage or less

Continue delivery of the employment support pilot to support those out of work and on low incomes in targeted communities, evaluate its effectiveness to end 2021

Through the Adult Education Budget, widen access to training for those in low wage and fragile employment to upskill to Level 3 and above to support in-work progression to better paid, sustainable employment

Working with Colleges West Midlands and LAs, continue to develop support and targeting of NEET and those at risk of dropping out

Promote to employers the benefits of better job opportunities and meaningful work placements for young people

Support retraining for those who are at risk of losing their job to automation or due to their age or a health condition

Support young people in navigating the labour market through use of the regional youth employment platform

Support residents from all communities in accessing employment and skills opportunities through engagement with government, public and private sector partners

Establish clear career entry routes and pathways for unemployed adults and those looking to reskill, particularly women and under-represented groups, targeting sectors with growth and / or skills shortages

Ensure a network of locally-led Youth Hubs, delivering co-located employment and skills support for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged groups

Deliver Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills Academy to support at least 6,000 local people in gaining jobs, training and volunteering opportunities

Develop additional, sector-specific training and recruitment programmes to help unemployed people access good local jobs, e.g., SWAPs



Public service reform


Deliver on the promise of more inclusive growth, with the confidence to more deliberately shape investment, infrastructure and services around social and economic goals

Actions required

Convene partners to design out homelessness, through the Homelessness Taskforce programme of activity

Co-ordinate delivery of Community recovery priorities

Collaborate with partners in the criminal justice system to nurture a trauma-informed region

Improve digital inclusion in the region through partnership with local authorities and civil society organisations

Embed inclusive growth within the activities of WMCA and its partners

Build expectations, standards and practices for measuring the impact of inclusive growth interventions and holding them accountable.

Support local authorities and their partners with local Inclusive-Growth-In-Action initiatives

Set up a cross-cutting group to bring together the different strands of work supporting veterans

Monitor equalities data at a regional level as part of a new approach to data and insights which will feed into the State of the Region and Health of the Regions reports



Wellbeing and Environment


Create a region in which positive, proactive and preventative approaches to citizen wellbeing and engagement are normalised, giving our diverse population a better chance to thrive in life and work

Actions required

Deliver the Thrive at Work Programme, expand its reach and promote a culture of support and awareness for mental health issues across the region

Continue to provide an employment support service for people with a mental health and / or physical health condition in primary and community care through the extension and continued delivery of the Thrive into Work Programme

Develop and sustain a physical activity programme with regional partners

Continue roll out of the Include Me programme, a regional approach to achieving wider engagement with disabled people and people with long term health conditions enabling them to be physically active

Continue to host a population intelligence
hub within the Inclusive Growth Unit which provides holistic, real time data on the region’s health and socioeconomic outcomes

Convene Local Authorities and other partners to address health inequalities by tackling some of the wider determinants of poor health in the region

Secure and implement the Radical prevention fund for the region using the latest technology to prevent ill health for the most vulnerable groups.

Oversee delivery of the Net Zero Five Year Plan

to support positive and inclusive environmental outcomes and work with partners on green transport and air quality

Establish a “Warm Homes Save Lives” delivery partnership to reduce the incidence of fuel poverty and facilitate a regional fuel poverty and scaling-up retrofit programme

Develop policies and deliver projects to ensure the energy infrastructure of the region supports a competitive industrial base, clean growth and social inclusion