Selling a wide variety of products, staying open long hours and keeping up with the times are all key to surviving as a rural shop, finds Brian Wilson.
For many groups, rising housing costs have negated any increase in income they've received. One result is a ballooning Housing Benefit bill, finds Brian Wilson.
Alternative technologies and suppliers show real promise as a means to deliver broadband to remote rural communities, finds Brian Wilson.
Those who start out and then stay in rural jobs find themselves earning the least, finds Brian Wilson.
Approaches adopted by large or metropolitan cities will not necessarily suit county areas, finds Brian Wilson.
Post Office Locals are meant to deliver a better service for customers, as well as savings for taxpayers. But something is going wrong, finds Brian Wilson.
Viable alternative transport options to the car is important for the health and wellbeing of an ageing population, says Brian Wilson.
Policy measures designed to tackle fuel poverty need redesigning, scaling up and better targeting, finds Brian Wilson.
NEIGHBOURHOOD planning is a success for some - but it can still be burdensome and challenging, finds Brian Wilson.
FOR England's economic potential to be realised, policy must look beyond metropolitan areas, finds Brian Wilson.
COST of living and inflation levels can differ for population groups, including the rural poor, finds Brian Wilson.
Community libraries have grown rapidly in number and are taking on a variety of roles in rural communities, finds Brian Wilson.