And what for rural in the manifesto?
Our Chief Executive Kerry Booth has been reviewing the manifesto from...
Joint Appeal to Protect Rural Postal Services
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UK landlines are going digital by 2027
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Balancing Growth: Ensuring Sustainable Development in Rural Areas
The below article was recently published in LOCALGOV, on the need...
Better Transport Week 2024: Charting a Sustainable Future for Rural Communities
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Affordable Housing Crisis in Rural Communities: A Call for Political Action
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Rural Services Network Responds to Prime Minister's General Election Announcement
Rural Services Network Ramps Up Efforts to Secure Fair Funding for...
RO trend and proportion analysis
This analysis is taken from the final outturn estimates of local...
Housing Affordability
This analysis presents data on housing affordability. Access to affordable housing...


Winning the Rural Vote
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Rural Economy Spotlight - June 2024
A quarterly bulletin facilitated by your membership of the Rural Services...
Rural Funding Digest - May 2024
A monthly bulletin facilitated by your membership of the Rural Services...


Rural Fair Funding

Amid reduced public spending, fair resource allocation across regions is crucial. Despite a population larger than Greater London, rural areas receive significantly less funding for essential services, even though delivering these services in rural areas is more expensive.

Rural Economies

Economic growth is widely acknowledged as essential for national wealth and prosperity and is a priority for political parties. Rural economies, employing millions and home to a higher proportion of small businesses, have potential for growth if barriers are removed.

Rural Access to Health and Care Services

Rural residents face distinct healthcare challenges, including limited access to transport, longer distances to medical facilities, an aging demographic, housing inadequacies, digital connectivity gaps, and difficulties recruiting health and care workers.

Rural Affordable Housing

Rural communities are grappling with a severe affordable housing crisis, marked by high house prices, a lack of affordable housing, elevated living costs, and lower incomes, threatening their sustainability and vitality.

Rural Transport

Transport is vital for the quality of life and economic health of rural areas, yet it faces challenges such as infrequent public bus services and less Government funding compared to urban regions.

Rural Net Zero

Rural areas, encompassing a substantial portion of England's population and land, play a pivotal role in combating climate change and achieving the net zero target.

Rural Digital Connectivity

In an increasingly digital world, the lack of robust digital infrastructure in rural areas severely limits access to crucial services and stifles economic growth.

Rural Planning

A future-focused vision for rural communities involves not just building the right homes in the right places but also ensuring thriving, sustainable communities.


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