Our major documents and publications are as follows:



Alternative service delivery models in rural areas - RE0260

Delivering services through a “Big Society” model such as Community Ownership, Co-operatives or Mutualisation has become a more embedded part of the service delivery landscape

To view the final Defra report click here

For more information from Defra about this project click here


State of Rural Services Report 2013
The fourth on the State of Rural Public Services in England concentrates on three policy areas: health services, public transport and post offices. Published November 2013.


State of Rural Services Report 2012
Cutbacks threaten to put rural communities at risk when it comes to fire and rescue services, warns the third annual State of Rural Public Services report. Published November 2012.


State of Rural Services Report 2011
A report by the Rural Services Network. Published November 2011.


Cost of Providing Services in Rural Areas (582KB- Word file)
A report by Local Government Futures for the Rural Services Network. Published August 2011.


Rural Review of Public Services 2010 (1.6MB - pdf file)
A report by the Rural Services Network. Published 4 March 2010.


Rural Services Manifesto 2010 (1.64MB - pdf file)
Our comprehensive call to action for politicians prior to the 2010 General Election. Published 4 January 2010.


Understanding the Real Depth and Impact of Fuel Poverty in Rural England (585kB - doc file)
Produced on behalf of the Commission for Rural Communities. Published September 2010.


Implications of National Funding Formulae for Rural Health and Education (2.2MB - pdf file)
We do not claim this to be our document but we are working closely with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services and this is the recent report. Published 2 April 2010.


Summary Report of the above (448kB - pdf file)
Published 2 April 2010.


Sustaining Rural Communities - a call for action (1.25MB - pdf file)
Our report calling for government action to sustain fragile countryside communities. Published 3 March 2008.



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Performance Benchmarking
For our latest Rural Performance Benchmarking analysis click here 

Neil Parish MP

Call for rural fair share ffairfshareisharesharerural services areas
To see MPs call for a fair share for rural local authorities, click here.


Parliamentary Group
For the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services, click here.

Our Events

Our Events
For Rural Services Network events and notable dates, click here.

Our Events

Rural studies archive
For our Commission for Rural Communities archive, click here.