About the plan
The Barcelona Social Inclusion Plan for 2012-2015 coordinates the sectoral and geographical policies that ensure the delivery of services for the inclusion of citizens.
It is the main tool the City Council has for working towards an inclusive and cohesive city and for combating the exclusion factors that exist inthe city.
One of the municipal government’s priorities is to make Barcelona a city where everybody enjoys welfare and quality of life.
The Plan is meant to enable a broad, united and effective response from the whole city (and not just the City Council).
To achieve that end it is structured around 4 strategic lines of action:
- Barcelona City Council, an inclusive local authority
- Barcelona, an inclusive and cohesive city
- People and their neighbourhoods, central to policies on quality of life and equality
- A joint strategy with civil society and the citizens
Each line of action has a number of general goals that take the form of specific actions to respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of citizens.
These aims and initiatives involve the whole of the municipal authority, other authorities, associations and the general public.
Who is behind it?
All the City Council’s departments, especially the municipal services working for people’s welfare (Area of Quality of Life, Equality and Sport).
What is really new about this Inclusion Plan is that joint work will be done under it with the city’s organisations and associations (within the framework of the Citizen’s Agreement for an Inclusive Barcelona) and with the maximum political consensus to offer a broad and effective response to the social needs of citizens.
Why do we need it?
To ensure social cohesion, reduce inequality and achieve equal opportunities. To that end the Plan:
- Prioritises the most vulnerable, especially young children and teenagers.
- Detects and acts proactively to prevent social exclusion.
- Mobilises all the social, civil and business resources.
- Works locally within neighbourhoods and the community.
- Coordinates all the players involved.
How was it drawn up?
The Plan is the result of a broad participatory process. Civil society has a whole as contributed to the final document. That includes:
- The Municipal Social Welfare Council, which brings together over 150 associations and institutions.
- The Citizen Agreement for an Inclusive Barcelona, a body that unites 470 associations.
- The professional staff of the various municipal departments.
- The citizens.
Who is it aimed at?
Everybody, but especially those individuals who suffer or are at risk of suffering social exclusion. The professionals, social players and citizens working for social cohesion in Barcelona.
What is social exclusion?
The situations individuals or groups of people find themselves in when they have to deal with disadvantages, of varying degree, such as unemployment, housing problems, lack of income and so on, which put them in an unequal and vulnerable situation regarding their environment.
Social exclusion may occur in any of these areas:
- Economic: poverty.
- Work: unemployment.
- Housing: inaccessible housing, homelessness, informal settlement.
- Education: illiteracy, low educational level.
- Health: frailty in old age, disability, social-risk illnesses.
- Relations: weak family and community networks.
- Citizenship: weak exercise of civic and political rights.
- Cultural: cultural illiteracy, unequal access to cultural capital.