Rural Words

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:54

Is the rural 'Big Society' delivering?

What can we learn from 'Big Society' approaches to delivering rural services? Jessica Sellick investigates.

PUBLIC transport is simply non-existent in much of the countryside. So what is the future for our rural communities?

Monday, 21 October 2013 09:37

A growing digital divide?

The internet is now an essential part of our everyday lives. But is digital technology leaving rural residents behind? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Friday, 18 October 2013 11:00

Green energy for rural areas

RENEWABLE energy offers a number of attractive alternatives for rural communities.

Sunday, 13 October 2013 21:49

Broadband rollout 'is gathering pace'

THE government says it is determined to tackle frustration that rural broadband does not match that of city dwellers.

Monday, 26 August 2013 18:47

Making rural places to live and work

What makes a community sustainable? It is a question with very real consequences for rural residents and places. Jessica Sellick investigates.

Sunday, 28 July 2013 20:13

Making rural funding work better

Is Leader really boosting the rural economy? Or is it an overly bureaucratic waste of time and resources? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Monday, 01 July 2013 11:30

Perspectives on the Localism Act

The Localism Act was intended to shift decision making powers into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. But has it? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:20

Does every rural child REALLY matter?

What can be done to support young people in rural areas and champion their needs? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Monday, 29 April 2013 11:03

Rural poverty - forgotten, not gone

What can be done to help those in poverty in the countryside? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Sunday, 03 March 2013 20:48

Can we make rural transport work?

How can we balance tight budgets with the need to improve rural public transport? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:03

Hidden poverty in the farmyard

MANY farmers are struggling to make ends meet. How can we ensure they have a future? Jessica Sellick investigates.

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