Revitalising rural

“Rural areas are poised to play a key role in building back better if the Government adopts an approach that sees “parity of investment in core public services and growth enhancing investment””

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Before the budget, there were calls to make funding ‘fairer’:

Levelling up rural: how to fairly allocate government funding – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Through something called the ‘green book’:

Delivering equitable funding for rural areas is critical – Rural Services Network

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With rural councils saying pretty much the same:

Shropshire Council motion on Rural Fair Funding and levelling up – Rural Services Network

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Following on from the budget, not everyone was pleased:

UK Budget: the long road to levelling up – Rural Services Network

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The Rural Services Network has just produced a press release:

GOVERNMENT URGED TO “GIVE PEOPLE IN VILLAGES THE SAME OPPORTUNITY AS THOSE LIVING IN BIGGER TOWNS AND CITIES”

  • MPs call for rural-urban parity at conference aimed at revitalising rural
  • Warnings of cost of lack of transport and broadband infrastructure on communities further isolated by COVID-19
  • Government urged to amend planning policy to address pressing rural housing crisis and introduce specific support for rural businesses to level up post-COVID-19

Rural areas are poised to play a key role in building back better if the Government adopts an approach that sees “parity of investment in core public services and growth enhancing investment”, MPs, peers and other delegates told a conference earlier this week, while warning that Britain’s post-Covid recovery risked being weakened by poor connectivity and other challenges across key regions of the country.

Government urged to “give people in villages the same opportunity as those living in bigger towns and cities” – Rural Services Network

   
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