Best practice

A valuable resource for RSN members, where they can find the key research and policy documents recently produced about Rural England

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UK Rural Policy & Practitioner Group

A grouping of over 20 organisations from across the United Kingdom which provides an information exchange comparing rural policy experience in different parts of the UK and collation of rural experience across the UK

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Local level rural proofing

Rural proofing can be a useful policy tool locally, just as it is nationally. This page contains links to some local level rural proofing resources.

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Calls for Evidence

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.


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Rural Sounding Board

The Rural Sounding Board will gather views and opinions of rural Local Authority Councillors and Parish Councillors across England and will use the results and analysis to help inform wider debates about rural issues, and where appropriate, work to influence decision makers.

To date we have over 50 Local Authority members and 450 parish members who contribute to this evidence base.


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Heart of Village Research

RSN is compiling information about shops, pubs, and petrol filling stations located in English villages.

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Case studies

The Rural Services Network is building a series of case studies outlining best practice in the provision of rural services.  

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State of Rural Services

An annual significant report from the RSN which maps developments and trends in rural public service provision across England:

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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.