The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
Further information and booking details can be found here

Addressing Rural Housing: NHF Report Spotlights Critical Needs

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has recently launched an ambitious report, "Let's Fix the Housing Crisis," aimed at addressing England's growing housing challenges. This report is part of their long-term plan for housing and emphasises the urgent need for collaborative efforts between the government, housing associations, and local communities.

Highlighting key issues such as affordability, sustainability, and community development, the NHF's initiative seeks to create a more inclusive and sustainable housing landscape. The report also underlines the critical role of rural areas in the national housing strategy, an aspect particularly relevant to our network members.

Key Points from the Report:

  • Housing Affordability:
    The NHF aims to provide the security of a social home for one million more people, addressing the issues in the private rented sector where high housing costs reduce the standard of living.
  • Home Quality and Energy efficiency:
    A focus on ensuring a warm and decent home for seven million more families is highlighted, improving the safety, quality, and energy efficiency of homes.
  • Economic Impact:
    Unaffordable and inadequate housing is holding back the economy, affecting businesses and workers, especially in areas where housing quality and affordability are barriers.

The statistics contained in the report, while general, underscore the importance of addressing housing issues in all areas, including rural communities. The specific challenges in rural areas and the relative scarcity of affordable housing options, exacerbate these general trends, making the NHF's report particularly relevant to the Rural Services Network.

For a detailed understanding of the NHF's proposed strategies and how they might impact rural communities, members are encouraged to access the full report through the NHF website.


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