Rural In the News

The Rural Services Network, including SPARSE Rural, is often quoted in the media - by newspapers and the specialist press, as well as on radio and television.
A selection of articles highlighting the work of the Rural Services Network on behalf of England's rural communities is shown below

October 2021

An article by Graham Biggs, Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network, has been published by:
The Planner - Levelling up is failing to solve the rural housing and planning crisis


September 2021

An article by Councillor Cecilia Motley, Chair of the Rural Services Network, has been published by:
Local Government First magazine - Levelling up to revitalise rural areas

VICE - UK Rent Prices Are Rising Four Times Faster in the Countryside Than in Cities

Following the launch of the The State of Care in County and Rural Areas Report, released by the County Councils Network (CCN) and the Rural Services Network (RSN), the report has been featured in the following media articles:

The Times - We mustn’t underestimate the impact of social care reform on councils

LocalGov - County council leaders warn social care reforms ‘fall short’


August 2021

Following the release of the the report 'Towards the UK Shared Prosperity Fund' the Rural Services Network have been featured in the following media articles:

The Independent - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

The Independent - Rural communities left out of Tories' levelling-up fund

MSN - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

LocalGov - Rural communities 'overlooked' in levelling-up funding, report finds

Yorkshire Times - Rural Communities ‘Overlooked’ In Whitehall’s Allocation Of Post-brexit Levelling Up Fund

The Planner - Report: Rural communities missing out on levelling-up cash

Government Business - Rural communities overlooked in ‘levelling up’ funding

Farming UK - Rural areas 'overlooked' in post-Brexit levelling up funds

English Rural Twitter Account

Love by Life - Rural areas excluded from treasury leveling cash, report says

Eminetra - Treasury Level Up Rural Areas Excluded from Cash, Report Claims

TWNews - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

BusinessFast - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

Tech Register - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

News Chant - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up money, report claims

NewsBreak - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

Knowledia News (UK) - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

NewsGroove Uk - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

Vietnam Explorer News Channel - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

Business Mayor - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

The World News - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

newsdome - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims

North East Post - Rural Communities ‘Overlooked’ In Whitehall’s Allocation Of Post-brexit Levelling Up Fund

Lancashire Times - Rural Communities ‘Overlooked’ In Whitehall’s Allocation Of Post-brexit Levelling Up Fund

Cumbria Times - Rural Communities ‘Overlooked’ In Whitehall’s Allocation Of Post-brexit Levelling Up Fund

East Anglian Daily Times - Rural Suffolk missing out on levelling up cash, report says

London News Time - Treasury Level Up Rural Areas Excluded from Cash, Report Claims

MSN Ireland - Rural areas left out of Treasury’s levelling-up cash, report claims


June 2021

The Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network, Graham Biggs featured on Radio Devon on the 22nd of June to discuss planning legislation.

When asked about concerns in relation to the changes in planning Graham said:

"The worry is that once an area is in a zone, the issues about whether that development should be allowed or not have already been determined, and it becomes a question of little more than design so our big concern is about the involvement of ordinary people in communities in that particular process."

Listen to the interview here:
Radio Devon (Starts at 1.05.41)


May 2021

The RSN Chief Executive Graham Biggs is quoted in a Times newspaper article discussing the need for affordable housing in rural communities:

“There is a general presumption against building in the countryside, but there are exceptions to this presumption: they are called rural exception sites. These are small-scale developments that are built in keeping with existing villages. Half a dozen houses here or there. The design aesthetics have to be sympathetic to the community and the countryside. Development is allowed but with caveats: they are built by housing associations and have to include affordable rent and shared ownership. There are restrictions about who it can be sold to in the future, it must meet local needs.”

Full article:

The Times - How do we build more homes in the countryside?
*Please be aware you will require a Times subscription to be able to read the full article


March 2021

Detailed below is a roundup of the media coverage in March 2021 received from the release of our Revitalising Rural Campaign
(You can view information about this campaign here)

Regional press

Cumbria Crack (05/03/21)
Cumbria highways chief backs call for fair funding for rural public services

Yorkshire Times (04/03/21)
Government Urged To “Give People In Villages The Same Opportunity As Those Living In Bigger Towns And Cities”

Lancashire Times (04/03/21)
Government Urged To “Give People In Villages The Same Opportunity As Those Living In Bigger Towns And Cities”

Cumbria Times (04/03/21)
Government Urged To “Give People In Villages The Same Opportunity As Those Living In Bigger Towns And Cities”

Trade press

New Start (04/03/21)
Ministers urged to level up villages and rural areas

Dispensing Doctors Association (03/03/21)
Rural health service development flagged up in new report

Broadcast

BBC Radio 4 (04/03/21)
At 05:51

BBC Somerset (04/03/21)
At 15:27, 15:52, 15:48,

Farming Today (04/03/21)
Budget support for rural businesses, chicken microbiome, gene editing in developing countries


October 2020

Detailed below is a roundup of the media coverage in October received from the release of a report commissioned by the Rural Services Network, along with CPRE and English Rural Housing into the Economic and Fiscal case for investing in rural affordable housing to drive post-pandemic recovery. 
(You can view information about this report here)Also detailed is an article which appeared in the LGA's First Magazine which details the outcomes of the National Rural Conference 2020

BBC Farming Today - Rural homelessness, dark sky parks and public money for hunts

The Guardian - Rural homelessness in England rises by 115% in past two years

The key messages from last month’s annual National Rural Conference were loud and clear: the importance of rural areas to the national economy and ‘revitalising rural

LGA First Magazine (Page 23) - Time to revitalise rural areas


September 2020

Detailed below is a roundup of the media coverage in September received from the RSN Press Release - 'Warning over access to Covid-19 testing for rural social care sector'
(You can view this press release here)

Broadcast

- BBC Radio 4 Farming Today
23/09/20 - 5:45:02 AM
Available to listen at 3 minutes 20 seconds - 23/09/20 - Agricultural colleges during COVID, DEFRA's Brexit preparations, rural services and cockle fishing

- Palm FM
23/09/20 - 8:00:02 AM

Regionals

- Somerset County Gazette
Online: 23/09/20 - New rural coalition call for government to support recovery

- South West Farmer
Online: 23/09/20 New rural coalition call for government to support recovery

Trade press

- Poultry Site
Online: 23/09/20 - UK Government must do more to support the economic recovery of rural England, say citizen groups

- Farming.co.uk
Online: 23/09/20 - Warning rural areas may be left behind without fair funding to support post-Covid recovery

- Property Notify
Online: 23/09/20 - Call for Government to Level-Up Rural Areas to Support England’s Economic Recovery from COVID-19

- Selfbuilder and Homemaker
Online: 23/09/20 - Call for Government to level-up rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from COVID-19

- Farming UK
Online: 23/09/20 - Rural groups demand more support as pandemic worsens

- Housing Management and Maintenance
Online: 23/09/20 - Call for Government to level-up rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from COVID-19

- The Beef Site
Online: 23/09/20 - UK Government must do more to support the economic recovery of rural England, say citizen groups

- Building, Construction and Design
Online: 23/09/20 - Call for Government to level-up rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from COVID-19

- Poultry News
Online: 23/09/20 - Call for Government to level-up rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from COVID-19

- Horticulture Week
Online: 23/09/20 - Coalition calls for greater funding in rural areas to limit pandemic fallout

- The Pig Site
Online: 23/09/20 - UK Government must do more to support the economic recovery of rural England, say citizen groups

- The Cattle Site
Online: 23/09/20 - UK Government must do more to support the economic recovery of rural England, say citizen groups

- Local Authority Building and Maintenance
Online: 23/09/20 - Level-up rural areas to support England’s economic recovery

- Net Mag Media
Online: 23/09/20 - Call for Government to level-up rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from COVID-19


February 2020

The Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network wrote a letter which was published in the Guardian this week on 13th February 2020 (see below link).  It was in response to announcements from the Prime Minister that he had promised ‘an additional £5bn on buses and cycle routes’ as part of discussions about HS2.

- The Guardian - A much-needed drive to improve rural bus links


September 2019
Detailed below is a roundup of the media coverage in September received from the RSN's Annual Rural Conference Press Release:

April 2019

Detailed below is a roundup of the media coverage in April received from the RSN's call for Government to produce a new rural strategy:

- LocalGov - Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

- ComputerWeekly.com - Ofcom must rethink rural broadband USO, says Lords report


March 2019

Detailed below is a roundup of the media coverage received from the RSN's call for Government to produce a new rural strategy:

Editorial:
ISPreview
LocalGov
All About My Area
Telecompaper
ACRE


September 2018


August 2018

The Rural Services Network has been featured in the Countryfile Special Collector’s Edition (August 2018).

Written by John Craven, the article ‘how has the Countryside changed?’ features the below quote from the RSN

“Rural services are at crisis point, the past 30 years has seen a dramatic decline not improvement, which for the foreseeable future is unlikely to change with Government austerity lasting well in the 2020s.

So, the pattern of rural residents, compared to their urban counterparts, paying more in council tax and for everyday goods and services but from lower incomes but receiving fewer services is set to continue and, indeed worsen.

The rural way of life, and quality of life, is under serious threat “


July 2018

Direct link to the article


May 2018

March 2018

February 2018

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