Rural Commentary

Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:59

Mixed progress on fuel poverty

There’s a powerful case for fuel poverty initiatives that target rural areas. But are we overlooking a related concern, asks Brian Wilson.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 07:17

Resilience within the third sector

Many third sector organisations are proving resilient, but others are struggling, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 27 February 2017 21:47

The value of rural convenience stores

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.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 07:54

Hefty impact of rising housing costs

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.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 08:19

Getting broadband to the final 5%

Alternative technologies and suppliers show real promise as a means to deliver broadband to remote rural communities, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 23 May 2016 07:41

Escaping the rural pay penalty

Those who start out and then stay in rural jobs find themselves earning the least, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 19:36

How to make rural devolution work

Approaches adopted by large or metropolitan cities will not necessarily suit county areas, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:37

What's going on with Post Office Locals?

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.

Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:04

Transport for an ageing rural society

Viable alternative transport options to the car is important for the health and wellbeing of an ageing population, says Brian Wilson.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:09

An agenda for warmer homes

Policy measures designed to tackle fuel poverty need redesigning, scaling up and better targeting, finds Brian Wilson.

Sunday, 01 March 2015 21:22

Successful neighbourhood planning

NEIGHBOURHOOD planning is a success for some - but it can still be burdensome and challenging, finds Brian Wilson.

Monday, 02 February 2015 08:43

Economic policy must be 'rural proof'

FOR England's economic potential to be realised, policy must look beyond metropolitan areas, finds Brian Wilson.

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