This newsletter is provided by the Rural Services Network.
The Guardian covers news that retailers and unions have called for government action after new data shows the number of empty shops, pubs and restaurants is ‘rising at the fastest pace in nearly a decade’. Analysis by PwC and the Local Data Company demonstrates that roughly 16 stores closed every day in the first six months of 2019.
A new report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has found that women comprise almost three-quarters of the loss of 108,000 retail jobs over the last seven years, while 40,000 new e-commerce warehouse roles have mostly gone to men.
It was co-created by Chris Sheldrick, who developed an interest in postcodes and location services after visitors to his childhood home in rural Hertfordshire were ‘rarely able to locate [the] house’.
A MULTI-million pound European Union-funded scheme to generate jobs and aid economic growth in and around a national park has fulfilled its aims, despite being repeatedly affected by Brexit. (Northern Echo)
Village halls have seen a resurgence in recent years and are now more vital than ever at helping to tackle loneliness and isolation in remote communities, according to a leading rural campaigner. While the buildings may always remain under threat in rural areas due to ageing and declining populations, they are now being handed new lifelines thanks to new funding sources and a new army of younger volunteers, said Rob Thomson, a member of the East Riding Association of Rural Community Buildings (ERAofRCB). (Yorkshire Post)
Images have been shared on social media which highlights the blight of rubbish in the countryside after a sheep was found with a drinks can stuck in its mouth.
The issue of litter in the countryside and its effects on livestock has been cast in the spotlight after the images were shared. (Farming UK)
Positive initiatives and efficient processes are needed to help the sector deliver the number of homes that Brits can pay for. This article explores how LPG is assisting in the provision of affordable housing for UK buyers. (Open Access Government)
We’re pleased that Prince’s Countryside Fund have recently become members of the Rural Services Partnership as they play such an important role in supporting our rural communities. Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, The Prince’s Countryside Fund exists to improve the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life.
They recently launched the Village Survival Guide, based on the lived experience of rural residents from all across the UK, this book will help communities to tackle a multitude of issues and make sure that their community will thrive in the future.
Featuring advice from experts, as well as the stories of those who've made a real difference in their rural community, The Village Survival Guide will help you get your community up and running.
The Guide can be accessed here
There were sessions on the Rural Economy, Rural Housing, Rural Transport and Rural Health and Wellbeing, all elements of a Vibrant Rural Community. The Rt Hon Lord Foster of Bath, the Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy came to deliver the keynote speech. All of the presentations are now available on our website at this link
The RSN Observatory provides a statistical overview of rural life. It provides analyses and comment on key service provision and issues affecting rural communities.
It includes information on housing, the economy and local services.
The RSN is currently conducting a survey on Affordable Housing Thresholds.
Call for evidence on the impact of changes to site thresholds for affordable housing contributions on policy and delivery of rural affordable housing
Following the report of the House of Lords Inquiry into the Rural Economy the Government has sought the views of rural interest groups on how it could improve the delivery of rural affordable housing. Encouraged by discussions at a Ministerial Round Table and meeting with HMT we are continuing to call for changes to national planning policy and guidance so Local Planning Authorities can set their own thresholds for on-site affordable housing contributions in their rural areas. We are now asking for your input to help us update the evidence base so we can make a robust case to support this call. To that end we would be very grateful if you could complete the attached very short, mainly tick box, survey by Monday 14th of October.
If you have any questions relating to the survey, please contact Jo Lavis - Jo.Lavis64@gmail.com
A crisis-focused system has developed in health and care which is not only costly but also places enormous pressure on services. While efforts have focused on meeting immediate and acute demand, ill-health is not always inevitable and can often be prevented. In July 2019 the Government published a Prevention Green Paper setting out how it wants to prevent ill-health over the next decade. With Government prioritising prevention for the NHS and social care, what can we learn from our history of public health?
Jessica Sellick investigates.
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