The report accuses the Government’s approach to devolution as having focused too heavily on urban areas and less so on rural communities.
It claims that the Government’s oversight is “symptomatic of successive governments failing to understand the breadth of the social and economic challenges facing countryside areas”.
It states that the funding formulae used by Whitehall departments has discriminated against rural Britain to such an extent that it necessitated the creation of this Commission.
The paper calls on the Government to take notice of the recommendations of the commission including the creation of a mutual bank to attract inward investment.
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