Rural Commentary

Monday, 15 January 2018 20:51

Poor social mobility in rural areas

Many of the places where people from disadvantaged backgrounds are least likely to make social progress are rural areas, notes Brian Wilson.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 13:05

Why rural post offices are essential

Despite changing lifestyles, rural communities are significant users of post offices and clearly value them, says Brian Wilson.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:59

Mixed progress on fuel poverty

There’s a powerful case for fuel poverty initiatives that target rural areas. But are we overlooking a related concern, asks Brian Wilson.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 07:17

Resilience within the third sector

Many third sector organisations are proving resilient, but others are struggling, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 27 February 2017 21:47

The value of rural convenience stores

Selling a wide variety of products, staying open long hours and keeping up with the times are all key to surviving as a rural shop, finds Brian Wilson.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 07:54

Hefty impact of rising housing costs

For many groups, rising housing costs have negated any increase in income they've received. One result is a ballooning Housing Benefit bill, finds Brian Wilson.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 08:19

Getting broadband to the final 5%

Alternative technologies and suppliers show real promise as a means to deliver broadband to remote rural communities, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 23 May 2016 07:41

Escaping the rural pay penalty

Those who start out and then stay in rural jobs find themselves earning the least, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 19:36

How to make rural devolution work

Approaches adopted by large or metropolitan cities will not necessarily suit county areas, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:37

What's going on with Post Office Locals?

Post Office Locals are meant to deliver a better service for customers, as well as savings for taxpayers. But something is going wrong, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:04

Transport for an ageing rural society

Viable alternative transport options to the car is important for the health and wellbeing of an ageing population, says Brian Wilson.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:09

An agenda for warmer homes

Policy measures designed to tackle fuel poverty need redesigning, scaling up and better targeting, finds Brian Wilson.

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