About us

The Rural Services Network (RSN) represents the interests of rural service providers and their rural communities in England.

The RSN:

• Makes representations on issues affecting rural services
• Promotes active networking between service providers and across all sectors
• Establishes and broadcasts rural best practice
• Promotes debate and interaction between agencies/sectors across many areas of joint interest for example rural crime, rural housing, broadband provision and rural health

The Rural Services Network works under a number of separate groupings and subject specific alliances. Each of these groupings works slightly differently. Overall the network comprises around 150 Local Authorities and over 100 non Local Authority service providers in both the public and private sector.

Ensuring that the additional cost of provision of many services across the countryside is reflected in funding formulae is an important issue for the Network. We represent that case to government and other policy makers. We facilitate the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services involving over 60 Parliamentarians.

The Network is unique in Europe. It fosters constructive debate on all English rural service issues, encouraging best practice and active engagement by all with rural issues.

Click on the area below to find out more information about the services we provide each group and how you can get involved:

SPARSE RURAL

Sparse Rural Services

This is our grouping of very sparsely populated Local Authority members and we campaign on their behalf for fairer funding for rural areas.

Click to find out more about the services we provide SPARSE RURAL

 

RURAL ASSEMBLY

Rural Assembly

This is made up of rural Local Authorities and also encompasses the Rural Services Partnership. It shares information and best practice on rural issues and works to provide a collective voice for rural areas to raise the profile of particular issues that they face in delivering services to rural communities. It also includes the SPARSE RURAL Members.

Click to find out more about the services we provide the RURAL ASSEMBLY

RURAL ENGLAND

Rural England

This brings together key figures in the world of rural policy and practice to help steer rural research to support organisations delivering services to rural communities.

RURAL ENGLAND is a Community Interest Company

Click to find out more about the RURAL ENGLAND organisation

 

RURAL SERVICES PARTNERSHIP

RSPThis grouping brings together a range of non local authority rural service providers.

This is a company Limited by Guarantee.

Click to find out more about the services we provide the Rural SERVICES PARTNERSHIP

NATIONAL RURAL CRIME NETWORK

National Rural Crime NetworkThis brings together 29 Police and Crime Commissioners and their forces across England and Wales and key stakeholder organisations such as NFU, Crimestoppers, Neighbourhood Watch amongst others to help combat rural crime.

Click to find out more about the NATIONAL RURAL CRIME NETWORK

RURAL HEALTH NETWORK

Rural Health Network servicesThis network aims to support the full range of organisations working in rural health by sharing best practice and experiences including the Rural Health Conference.

Click to find out more about the RURAL HEALTH NETWORK

NATIONAL RURAL HOUSING ALLIANCE

Rural Housing AllianceThis grouping focuses on issues affecting Rural Housing and comprises over 40 specialist rural Housing Associations.

Click to find out more about the NATIONAL RURAL HOUSING ALLIANCE and its work

RURAL SERVICES COMMUNITY

Community

This group provides simple support to rural grass roots organisations to keep them informed of key rural issues and funding opportunities.

Click to find out more about the services we provide the RURAL SERVICES COMMUNITY

OUR MANIFESTO FOR 2015

Rural ManifestoWe launched our Manifesto ‘Seeking the best for rural areas 2015-2020’.

Click to see our calls to Government

To find out more about specific members of our team and to contact them directly please visit the Contact us page

To view the Sparse Rural constitution click here