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Levelling up rural

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Can we ensure rural places are not ‘left behind’?


There has been a push to allow small-town Britain more of a chance:

Levelling up towns – Vision Group for Sidmouth


There’s also been a push for the countryside.

As highlighted by the Rural Services Network in a wide-ranging look at the issues:



The UK is sometimes viewed as having one of the most geographically unequal economies in the world – where London and the South East are seen as some of the most productive and prosperous places in Europe with other regions and places lag far behind. ‘Levelling up’ is a term being used by Government to describe its ambitions for addressing these longstanding local and regional inequalities. What does the term come from, how is it being implemented and can we ensure rural places are not ‘left behind’? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Where do rural areas fit in the ‘levelling up’ agenda? – Rural Services Network


Harcombe © Derek Harper cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland

There are indeed many related issues:

CSR – What matters to rural? – Rural Services Network

Levelling up: how wide are the UK’s regional inequalities? | Financial Times

Rural areas are key to ‘levelling up’ – but need powers and resource to match their ambitions – Cornwall Council

Supply of affordable homes in the countryside threatened | Charity Today News

Latest coronavirus updates: Six million rural jobs at risk and track and trace concerns – Plymouth Live

Food security must be a central element of the UK’s green recovery from COVID-19 | The Pig Site