Many NHS colleagues and other public service providers have had a torrid few years wrestling with the consequences of austerity measures and the implications this has for resourcing key public services, including health.
Is the government's Rural Statement a 'new' contract to empower communities or re-presentation of 'old' initiatives? Jessica Sellick finds out.
With increasing demands being placed upon land, can we afford to overlook the potential of the 'fringe'? Jessica Sellick investigates.
The government pledged to issue a rural statement this spring. It's been a long time coming, says Jessica Sellick.
POLICIES to assist young people into work, training or higher education need to take account of the rural dimension according to a new report, finds Brian Wilson.
NEIGHBOURHOOD planning will not be for every community but the rewards could be significant, says Brian Wilson.
Will Defra's Priorities and Business Plans create thriving rural communities? Jessica Sellick investigates.
The latest welfare and housing reforms could have unforeseen rural consequences, writes Brian Wilson.
IS localism meeting rural needs? Or is it hindered by apathy? Jessica Sellick investigates.
A twenty-five year perspective is a reminder of some frustratingly hard-to-crack rural concerns, writes Brian Wilson.
WILL large-scale conservation areas lead to a living, working, protected and vibrant countryside?
THE final version of the government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been revised for the better, writes Brian Wilson.