Transport, mobility and connectivity

Communication - Internet

Communities with poor internet connections may feel disconnected.

How we measure it:

  • Average internet speed
  • Maximum internet speed
  • Count of total connections per 10,000 population

Various measures of connectivity, with the average, maximum and total all considered. Whilst high speeds may be available, connection counts show actual take-up of services.
(Ofcom)

Public transport

Communities with poor transport links may feel disconnected.

How we measure it:

  • Count of bus stops per 10,000 population
  • Distance to major rail station (>1,000,000 annual passengers)
  • Distance to any rail station
  • Traffic counts of buses

Buses and rail were considered key public transport facilities. Rail was split two ways, as many communities have access to a minor rail station but are still some distance from any major station.
(Geolytix Transport pack)

 

How we measure wellbeing

Our research identified nine areas that matter for community wellbeing. These areas are grouped into people, places and relationships.

People

  • Education and learning

    The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.

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  • Health

    Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.

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  • Economy, work and employment

    Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.

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Place

  • Culture, heritage and leisure

    Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.

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  • Transport, mobility and connectivity

    Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

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  • Housing, space and environment

    Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.

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Relationships

  • Relationships and trust

    The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.

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  • Equality

    Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.

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  • Voice and participation

    Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.

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