Ten-year public and political agreement to reduce inequalitiesBarcelona has a strategy for inclusion and for cutting inequalities in the next ten years as a way of making the city socially fairer, more diverse and multicultural, guaranteeing people’s social and civil rights. The agreement is based on consensus between politicians and 700 entities and aims to make Barcelona a fairer, healthier, more liveable, educational and feminist city, which welcomes and cares for everybody.
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The strategy on inclusion and the reduction of inequalities 2017-2027 is a landmark document which sets out action to be taken from now on. This is the first time a document of this nature sets specific measurable goals which will determine activity by all social entities and administrations working in the area of social rights in the city.
The analysis carried out prior to the document identified housing, the fight against poverty and care of others as Barcelona’s main social challenges in the immediate future. The 700 entities in the citizen agreement pledged to give these challenges particular attention, making the case for them on a daily basis. In reality, much of the strategy is already being implemented, as demonstrated by 900 related projects either up and running or about to get off the ground.
Twelve challenges for the year 2027
A year and half of work has gone into defining twelve major city challenges to be overcome in the next decade. The goals are:
- To cut the overall number of households which spend more than 40% of their annual income on housing by a third. In 2016 the number of households in this situation was 127,959.
- A 10% cut in the difference between the five neighbourhoods with the highest and the lowest levels of family income per head. The current difference between the two is 34,391 euros.
- To get in-work poverty under 7%. The percentage of people in work but with incomes below the poverty line currently stands at 9.8%.
- To halve the level of severe material deprivation among the population, particularly among children. In 2011 this figure stood at 10.6%, but among the under 16s it stood at 12.5%.
- To cut the number of people unable to maintain suitable temperatures within their homes by 60%. In 2016 the percentage of homes suffering energy poverty stood at 9.1%.
- To cut the difference in school success rates between the districts by 9%, ensuring that the highest success rates remain intact. During the 2014-2015 school year, the difference between the districts with the highest and lowest school dropout rates stood at 18.47%.
- To guarantee that no woman should have to care for an elderly or disabled person entirely on their own. This is an ambitious goal as in 2016 some 7.9% of the city’s population, mostly women, cared for a dependent person without any type of support.
- To cut the number of people who have no means of discussing their personal or family problems, should they so wish, by 20%. The Barcelona health survey shows the percentage of the population in this situation stands at 8.8%.
- To increase the life expectancy of people born in Barcelona, halving the difference between neighbourhoods according to disposable family income. The difference for the period 2013-2015 was 3.6 years.
- To reduce psychological suffering among the population by 25%, halving the difference between men and women in the districts. In 2016 the percentage of people with some sort of psychological suffering in the city stood at 18.5%.
- To increase the number of people with disabilities or functional diversity participating in personal autonomy programmes by 50%.
- A 10% cut in the percentage of people who have suffered some sort of civic conflict or issue relating to coexistence in their neighbourhood in the last year. According to the victimisation survey for 2012-2014, the percentage of people in this situation stood at 15.2% in 2015.