Rural Commentary

Monday, 16 September 2013 12:48

Is renewable energy reaching potential?

COMMUNITY renewable energy schemes have been growing rapidly in number, but may still not be realising their potential, finds Brian Wilson.

Friday, 16 August 2013 18:35

Migration by older people

Migration by older people is about more than retirees moving to the countryside, finds Brian Wilson.

FIRST contact schemes to support vulnerable and older people are a growing force, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 09 June 2013 20:10

Localising council tax benefit

THE localisation of Council Tax support means change for most of rural England's low income households, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 13 May 2013 08:41

Modern and innovative rural economies

CERTAIN key components can be identified as underpinning strategies for rural economic change and innovation, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 22:38

The Localism Act in practice

MORE communities need to understand the Community Rights before they will use them, writes Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 03 March 2013 20:30

Local food webs

LOCAL food sales are strong generators of jobs, among other benefits, according to research reviewed by Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 03 March 2013 19:28

Help us stop loan sharks now

ILLEGAL money lending is a problem across the country - including in rural communities.

Sunday, 03 February 2013 21:32

Tracking economic and child deprivation

A FLURRY of deprivation statistics once again struggles to measure rural needs adequately, says Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 23:37

Lessons from flagship neighbourhood plan

THERE are lesson to be learnt from the independent examiner's report on the draft Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan, writes Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:20

What inflates rural house prices?

NEW research suggests that the type of housing available in rural areas is what most explains its lack of affordability, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 11 November 2012 13:08

Rural development approaches

RURAL communities need capacity-building support if they are all to meet the challenge of austerity, writes Brian Wilson.


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