Our major documents and publications are as follows:



The Rural Services Network is one of twelve national organisations who form the Rural Coalition. The Rural Coalition subscribe to a vision for a living and working countryside in England. Given many shared values, we seek to be more influential by joining in common cause. In this statement we set out our key principles, policies and actions which we would urge the new Government to apply to rural communities.

Proposal for a Rural Services Evidence Centre:
- Rural Coalition Statement 2017
- Evidence Base & Assessment of Progress
- Good Practice - Case Studies


In conjunction with Rural England CIC the State of Rural Services 2016 report (published January 2017) presents the most recent evidence regarding the provision of services to residents and businesses in rural England.

It covers nine service areas, which are: local buses and community transport, welfare services, access to cash, further education, the retail sector, mental health services, older people's services, public health services and community assets.

- The full SORS2016 report can be downloaded here

- The summary of this report can be downloaded here


The Rural Services Manifesto published by the Rural Services Network ahead of the May 2015 General Election. A pdf of this document can be downloaded here.
Published December 2014.

The summary report of the manifesto can be accessed here
(June 2016)


Published by the Rural Services Network and the Rural Housing Alliance, this guide promotes the benefits of rural affordable housing and the role parish councils can play in its delivery. Published December 2014.


Delivering services through a “Big Society” model such as Community Ownership, Co-operatives or Mutualisation has become a more embedded part of the service delivery landscape

To view the final Defra report click here

For more information from Defra about this project click here


The fourth on the State of Rural Public Services in England concentrates on three policy areas: health services, public transport and post offices. Published November 2013.


Cutbacks threaten to put rural communities at risk when it comes to fire and rescue services, warns the third annual State of Rural Public Services report. Published November 2012.


A report by the Rural Services Network. Published November 2011.


A report by Local Government Futures for the Rural Services Network. Published August 2011.


A report by the Rural Services Network. Published 4 March 2010.


Our comprehensive call to action for politicians prior to the 2010 General Election. Published 4 January 2010.


Produced on behalf of the Commission for Rural Communities. Published September 2010.


We do not claim this to be our document but we are working closely with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services and this is the recent report. Published 2 April 2010.

Summary Report of the above (448kB - pdf file)
Published 2 April 2010.


Our report calling for government action to sustain fragile countryside communities. Published 3 March 2008.