Rural Sounding Board

The Rural Sounding Board will gather views and opinions of rural Local Authority Councillors and Parish Councillors across England and will use the results and analysis to help inform wider debates about rural issues, and where appropriate, work to influence decision makers.

To date we have over 50 Local Authority members and 450 parish members who contribute to this evidence base.

 

‘The impacts of austerity measures on local services - 2015 Survey’

This survey replicates last year's impacts of austerity measures on local services survey. This will enabled the analysis to consider not only the current situation but also any changes that may have occurred over the intervening period.

The Rural Services Network have repeated a survey first carried out last year using their Sounding Board, established of Councillors from their Local Authority membership and also Parish Councillors from the Rural Services Community.

The survey was repeated to see if there were any noticeable differences one year on. The same survey was sent to both Sounding Boards so that it would be possible to compare differences in results between the two groups.

Some of the key points are highlighted below:

Click here to view the sounding board summary

40 Local Authority Councillors responded to the survey on the impacts of austerity measures on local services.

Click here to view the results of the Local Authority survey

197 Parish Councillors responded to the survey on the impacts of austerity measures on local services.

Click here to view the results of the Parish Council survey

‘The impacts of austerity measures on local services - 2014 Survey’

To view the slides from the presentation given to the Rural Assembly on the 17-11-2014 click here

The Rural Services Network have carried out their first survey using the Sounding Board established this year of Councillors from their Local Authority membership and also Parish Councillors from the Rural Services Community. The same survey was sent to both Sounding Boards so that it would be possible to compare differences in results between the two groups.

Click here to view the sounding board summary

32 Local Authority Councillors responded to the survey on the impacts of austerity measures on local services.

Click here to view the results of the Local Authority survey

320 Parish Councillors responded to the survey on the impacts of austerity measures on local services.

Click here to view the results of the Parish Council survey


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Fairer Funding
For our Fairer Funding campaign information click here
 


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Observatory
For analysis and comment on key rural services, click here.
 


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Local Authority pages
To access tailored information on your local authority, click here
 


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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.