Community

We provide a range of services which may be of interest to those who work on rural communities. These can include planning, housing and a range of areas which focus on rural life.

 NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING

We provide an evidence base for Neighbourhood Planning, with information available often down to Parish level for some key statistics which may be useful in the evidence base for the plan.  Comparative information is available to provide more value to the data.

 OBSERVATORY

The Observatory provides statistical analyses and comment on key service provision and issues affecting rural communities.  It enables local authorities to view data often down to Local Authority level to see how well they are performing.

 ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Rural experts consider key issues affecting rural authorities and provide in depth analysis.

 NEWS 

Our rural journalist brings you the latest rural news headlines.

 SOUNDING BOARD SURVEYS 

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.

 E-NETWORKS

We host a group on the Knowledge Hub specifically for local authorities that are members of the Rural Services Network, enabling them to have the opportunity to network electronically.

 SEMINARS

We provide 6 regional seminar/networking meeting events around the country each year.  These focus on different rural issues to bring together service providers to focus on these issues.

 MEETINGS

We provide opportunities for members to network at our regional seminars, main meetings, Annual Conference and electronically through the RSN.

 CONFERENCES 

We host an Annual Rural Conference which has become a key event in the rural calendar, bringing together expert speakers to share their views with rural delegates.

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