Rural Commentary

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.

Sunday, 01 March 2015 21:22

Successful neighbourhood planning

NEIGHBOURHOOD planning is a success for some - but it can still be burdensome and challenging, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 02 February 2015 08:43

Economic policy must be 'rural proof'

FOR England's economic potential to be realised, policy must look beyond metropolitan areas, finds Brian Wilson.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:44

Poverty, inflation and the cost of living

COST of living and inflation levels can differ for population groups, including the rural poor, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 15 September 2014 09:43

Changing face of rural library services

Community libraries have grown rapidly in number and are taking on a variety of roles in rural communities, finds Brian Wilson.

Saturday, 16 August 2014 09:51

A brighter future for market towns?

INITIATIVES set up under the 2000 Rural White Paper to help market towns may have passed into history, but their legacy lives on, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 17:45

The changing face of rural Scotland

YOUNG people in rural Scotland can face a stark choice - move away or stay and face limited opportunities, finds Brian Wilson.

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