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Rural Services Network call on Government for a Rural Strategy

posted 14 Mar 2019, 09:47 by webmaster stgermansparishcouncil

On 1st March, the Rural Services Network launched a campaign calling on the Government to develop a Rural Strategy.

 “Rural Communities are frequently overlooked in a policy environment dominated by urban thinking and policy concerns. This often means communities either miss out on the benefits or experience unintended consequences from policies which are poorly thought-through from a rural perspective. It is time for this ‘rural mainstreaming’ to stop. People living in our towns and villages simply cannot afford to wait any longer for politicians to take their concerns seriously and act on them,” said Rural Services Network chief executive, Graham Biggs.

“If rural communities are to be sustainable, the Government must seize this opportunity to work with communities to produce a long-term, funded rural strategy which recognises the contribution rural areas make and have the potential to make to the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation as a whole.”

 We are asking all of the Parish Councils and organisations in Rural Areas to support our call and sign up to support our campaign.

 Please share this email and the signup link with your fellow Councillors, colleagues and residents.

 A Press Release with more information about the campaign can be found here:


I have attached our document 'It's Time for a Rural Strategy' which sets out the reasons why we believe a Rural Strategy should be developed.

 à Please join us and sign up at the link below:


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

 Kind regards

 Kerry Booth

Assistant Chief Executive

Rural Services Network

01822 851370

The RSN is calling on the Government to develop a Rural Strategy to ensure that rural areas are properly considered.  Too often policies are designed for urban areas and the result is that rural communities miss out on the benefits or experience unintended consequences from policies which are poorly thought through from a rural perspective.

Sign up to support our call for action and to find out more here: 


 The Rural Services Network seeks to provide a voice for rural communities by representing rural services, networking between rural service organisations and establishing and broadcasting best practice in rural service provision.

 It comprises SPARSE Rural, the Rural Assembly, the wider Rural Services Partnership and the RSN Community Group. The organisation works with Rural England, a stand-alone CIC research group.

 2019 Rural Strategy