The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
Further information and booking details can be found here

Meetings & Events

Throughout the year we provide a range of meetings and events for our subscribed authorities and organisations.

The different events range from seminars, to working groups to full meetings and provide organisations with the chance to engage at different levels with different issues.

meetings

The Rural Services Network provides a range of meetings and events for organisations within membership to attend depending on their area of interest

- To view information about our seminars click here
- To view information about the National Rural Conference click here

Meetings

The Rural Services Network facilitates a number of meetings to bring together our member authorities and rural organisations. We aim to debate key issues affecting rural communities, share best practice and work together to provide a voice for rural communities.

If you would like information about meetings prior to the dates displayed below please contact us at admin@sparse.gov.uk

Future Meetings and Events 10/07/24 - RSN/BT: Digital Telephone Line Switchover Session 24/06/24 - Member Induction to Rural Services Policy 18/06/24 - Member Induction to Rural Services Policy 22/04/2024 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 27/03/24 - RSN Seminar: Rural Fair Funding 25/03/24 - RMTG Meeting APPG on Rural Services - Meeting Minutes 15/01/2024 - Sparse Rural (Fair Funding) meeting 04/12/2023: RSN and RSP AGM - Plans for the year ahead 22/11/2023 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 09/10/2023 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 05/10/2023 - Rural Village Services Group Meeting RSN Member Induction Training 17/04/23 - RSN Meeting: Campaigns and Updates 27/03/2023 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 17/03/2023 - Rural Market Town Group Clerks Advisory Panel 16/01/2023 - Sparse Rural (Fair Funding) meeting 09/01/2023 - RSN Executive Meeting 07/12/2022 - Rural Services Partnership AGM 07/12/2022 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 14/11/2022 - RSN AGM followed by Rural Assembly Meeting 11/10/2022 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 07/09/2022 - Rural Village Services Group Meeting 04/08/2022 - Young People in Rural Market Town Areas Sounding Board 02/08/2022 - Older People in Rural Market Town Areas Sounding Board 22/06/2022 - Rural Assembly Meeting 23/05/2022- RSN Executive Meeting 11/05/2022 - Rural Health and Social Care Sub Group Meeting 25/04/2022 - Rural Services Partnership Partner Group 25/04/2022 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 04/04/2022 - Rural Assembly Meeting 28/03/2022 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 21/03/2022- RSN Executive Meeting 02/03/2022 - Rural Fair Share Campaign Group 24/01/2022 - Sparse Rural (Fair Funding) meeting 24/01/2022 - RSN Rural Economy Group Meeting 10/01/2022- RSN Executive Meeting 06/12/2021 - Rural Services Partnership AGM 06/12/2021 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 15/11/2021 - RSN AGM followed by Rural Assembly Meeting 15/11/2021 - Rural Health and Social Care Sub Group Meeting 12/10/2021 - Countryside COP Special Meeting - Uniting Rural Communities to Tackle Climate Change 12/10/2021 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 01/10/2021 - RSN Rural Fire & Rescue Group Meeting 27/09/2021- RSN Executive Meeting 21/06/2021 - RSN Rural Economy Group Meeting 21/06/2021 - RSN SPARSE Rural 17/05/2021 - RSN Executive Meeting 10/05/2021 - RSN Special meeting with DCMS 27/04/2021 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 12/04/2021 - Rural Health and Social Care Sub Group Meeting 29/03/2021 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 15/03/2021 - RSN Executive Meeting 04/03/2021 - Rural Market Town Group Clerks Advisory Panel 25/01/2021 - RSN SPARSE Rural 25/01/2021 - RSN Rural Economy Group Meeting 11/01/2021 - RSN Executive Meeting 30/11/2020 - Rural Market Town Group Clerks Advisory Panel 23/11/2020 - Rural Services Partnership Vulnerability Group 23/11/2020 - Rural Services Partnership AGM 23/11/2020 - Rural Services Partner Group 16/11/2020 - RSN AGM & Rural Assembly 16/11/2020 - Rural Health and Social Care Sub Group 09/11/2020 - Rural Market Town Group Meeting 12/10/2020 - RSN Rural Economy Group Meeting 12/10/2020 - RSN SPARSE Rural Meeting 28/09/2020 - RSN Executive Meeting 02/07/2020 - RSN Executive Meeting 16/03/2020 - RSN Executive Meeting 03/03/2020 - Peers’ Panel on Rural Issues Strategy Meeting 27/01/2020 - RSN Rural Economy Group 27/01/2020 - RSN SPARSE Rural Meeting 13/01/2020 - RSN Executive Meeting 03/12/2019 - Rural Services Partner Group and the RHCA Joint Meeting 03/12/2019 - Rural Services Partner Group 03/12/2019 - RSP Rural Vulnerability Group (nee Panel) 02/12/2019 - Rural Social Care and Health Group 02/12/2019 - RSN AGM & Rural Assembly Meeting 07/10/2019 - RSN North West Regional Seminar & Meeting 30/09/2019 - RSN Executive Meeting 30/09/2019 - Board of Directors of the Rural Services Partnership Ltd Meeting 31/07/2019 - RSN East Midlands Regional Seminar & Meeting 28/06/2019 - RSN North East Regional Seminar & Meeting 24/06/2019 - RSN Rural Economy Group Meeting 24/06/2019 - RSN SPARSE Rural Meeting 20/05/2019 - RSN Executive Meeting 29/04/2019 - RSN South East Regional Seminar & Meeting 09/04/2019 - Rural Services Partner Group Inaugural Meeting 09/04/2019 - Rural Vulnerability Panel Meeting 08/04/2019 - Rural Assembly Sub SIG Meeting 08/04/2019 - Rural Social Care and Health Group 21/03/2019 - RSN South West Regional Seminar & Meeting 18/02/2019 - RSN West Midlands Regional Seminar & Meeting 28/01/2019 - RSN Rural Economy Group Meeting 28/01/2019 - RSN SPARSE Rural Meeting 14/01/2019 - RSN Executive Meeting

HOT TOPICS

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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