Reports and findings from the RSN’s surveys and calls for evidence, which it has run to gather evidence from its members about issues of policy interest.
We have carried out a survey of Member Authorities exploring Rural Strategies.
This research looks at whether authorities have a specific rural strategy or whether they mainstream rural proofing into their existing work, it also includes consideration of the topics covered.
At the last Rural Coalition meeting Defra said they were considering the future design of the RDPE and would welcome views about the current (2007-13) RDPE. In particular, what features were felt to have worked well or not to have worked well. The RSN has collated evidence from eight of its members to produce this note which summarises the evidence from those local authorities and LEADER groups.
During November 2011 we conducted a survey among our "Community Group" members of which a large number are local (Parish and Town) councils from across rural England. The survey sought their views about statutory neighbourhood planning, as being introduced by the Government.
Our inquiry response focuses on those issues which we feel are of greatest importance for rural communities going forward.
A survey of RSN members in February-March 2011 has sought information about their revenue budgets over the next two years and the implications for service provision in rural areas.