4. Inclusive Society

Far too many people in Yorkshire are struggling with life. This struggle may be because they are unemployed or have insecure or low-paid jobs. Increasing numbers suffer from mental or physical health issues, experience family breakdowns, live in poor housing conditions, or worse, homeless. The same people often find themselves the victims of bullying and unsympathetic public services. Some turn to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or criminal activity as the only way they see out of their mess.

This state of affairs is a shocking indictment of our democratic system and political class.

An inclusive society provides the necessary support where needed and is fairer; no one is left behind or feels left out, and everyone can join in, make friends, and be happy.

They have meaningful relationships with family and friends and feel valued and welcome in their interactions with others, including strangers. And have sufficient resources to make choices as valued consumers of goods and services within the ecological options available.


Education systems can perpetuate or alleviate social and economic exclusion. Schools perpetuate exclusion as headteachers are forced to concentrate on achieving government-set targets rather than educating the whole person.

Education can reduce inequalities and promote an inclusive society with the right policies in place. However, disparities persist across the region, especially for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. This is simply wrong and cannot be allowed to continue. It is terrible for the individual child involved, and Yorkshire and the Yorkshire economy as opportunities are wasted.

How do we build an inclusive society? 

From our current baseline, building an inclusive society is complex and cannot be achieved by quick fixers. We need to be both diligent and compassionate in our approach.

As a vibrant democracy, we must go the extra mile to engage and maintain that engagement with anyone who belongs to one of the above categories or is in danger of falling into any of them without intruding on people’s lives.

As a result, we will better understand the root causes of exclusion and be able to plan appropriate policies.

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