Rural Words

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.

Monday, 24 December 2012 00:03

Market Towns – fit for the future?

One in five people in the UK live in or around small rural towns. But can they thrive? Jessick Sellick investigates.

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:39

Our coastline: Life on the edge?

WHAT support is available to help our much loved coastal places create jobs and prosperity? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Monday, 01 October 2012 06:52

Launch of Rural Health Network

Many NHS colleagues and other public service providers have had a torrid few years wrestling with the consequences of austerity measures and the implications this has for resourcing key public services, including health.

Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:57

Rural Statement - what does it offer?

Is the government's Rural Statement a 'new' contract to empower communities or re-presentation of 'old' initiatives? Jessica Sellick finds out.

Monday, 03 September 2012 07:04

Whose rural-urban fringe?

With increasing demands being placed upon land, can we afford to overlook the potential of the 'fringe'? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Friday, 27 July 2012 19:28

What's [not] in the Rural Statement

The government pledged to issue a rural statement this spring. It's been a long time coming, says Jessica Sellick.

POLICIES to assist young people into work, training or higher education need to take account of the rural dimension according to a new report, finds Brian Wilson.

NEIGHBOURHOOD planning will not be for every community but the rewards could be significant, says Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:04

Championing the countryside

Will Defra's Priorities and Business Plans create thriving rural communities? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Sunday, 27 May 2012 20:51

Impact of reform on rural housing

The latest welfare and housing reforms could have unforeseen rural consequences, writes Brian Wilson.

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