Calls for Evidence

Reports and findings from the RSN’s surveys and calls for evidence, which it has run to gather evidence from its members about issues of policy interest.


We have carried out a survey of Member Authorities exploring Rural Strategies.

This research looks at whether authorities have a specific rural strategy or whether they mainstream rural proofing into their existing work, it also includes consideration of the topics covered.

Results from Survey of Rural Strategies

At the last Rural Coalition meeting Defra said they were considering the future design of the RDPE and would welcome views about the current (2007-13) RDPE.  In particular, what features were felt to have worked well or not to have worked well. The RSN has collated evidence from eight of its members to produce this note which summarises the evidence from those local authorities and LEADER groups.

Lessons from RDPE - note for Defra

During November 2011 we conducted a survey among our "Community Group" members of which a large number are local (Parish and Town) councils from across rural England. The survey sought their views about statutory neighbourhood planning, as being introduced by the Government.

Neigbourhood Planning Survey Analysis November 2011

Our inquiry response focuses on those issues which we feel are of greatest importance for rural communities going forward.

Submission of evidence from the Rural Services Network to the EFRA Committee

A survey of RSN members in February-March 2011 has sought information about their revenue budgets over the next two years and the implications for service provision in rural areas.

Analysis of Budget Reductions Survey

An online survey was circulated at the end of June 2012  to all RSN Membership lists to gather views on exisiting RSN services and future service development. The below link is an anaylsis of the results.

Analysis of RSN 2012 Membership Survey

A survey has been run for the Rural Services Network (RSN) of its membership to gather evidence about the prospects for Building the Big Society in rural England.

Building the Big Society


Parliamentary Group
For the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services, click here.

Our Events

Our Events
For Rural Services Network events and notable dates, click here.