The Rural Services Network is an organisation devoted to safeguarding and improving services in rural communities across England.
Our mission is:
• To represent the case for a better deal for service provision
• To facilitate the exchange of useful and relevant information
• To develop and share best practice
We are the most comprehensive rural network in England, and the only national network representing service providers, community representatives and national organisations. Our goal is to give rural areas a louder voice and bring rural thoughts and concerns together.
We have three main categories of member:
1) Sparse Rural
2) Rural Services Partnership
3) Rural Services Community
We have produced a range of leaflets which set out our key areas of work:
To find out more about our Fairer Funding campaign please select the relevant leaflet below:
To find out more about the importance of collective working and the services that we provide please select the relevant leaflet below:
- Collective Working Leaflet - Sparse Authorities
- Collective Working Leaflet - Rural Services Partnership
- Collective Working Leaflet - Rural Services Community
To view the Sparse Rural constitution click here
What is rural?
The term 'predominately rural' refers to counties and Local Authority districts with at least 50 percent of their population living in rural settlements (ie. rural towns, villages, hamlets and dispersed dwellings) as identified in the Office for National Statistics' rural definition, and including larger market towns as identified in the Defra classification of Local Authority districts. The term ' significant rural' refers to those Local Authorities who are between 25% and 50% rural under the same classification. The rural definition and classification were devised by the Rural Evidence Research Centre (RERC) at Birkbeck College. Further information on these can be found on the RERC website at www.rerc.ac.uk