The RSN currently provide the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services. It is a cross party Group of MP’s from rural constituencies that come together around 4 times a year to promote debate on the provision of rural services and includes MPs and Lords.
Rural experts consider key issues affecting rural authorities and provide in depth analysis.
Building upon its Rural Services Manifesto, produced for the 2015 General Election, the Rural Services Network is developing a series of policy briefing notes. These policy notes seek to outline the main rural issues and list the policy changes RSN would like to see come about.
A round up of rural news stories.
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.
We have 4 meetings a year, 2 Sparse meetings and 2 Rural Assembly meetings held at the LGA in London. These provide an opportunity for member authorities to come together to share best practice and network and work together on key rural issues.
The RSN campaigns for fairer funding for rural areas. It costs more to deliver services in rural areas and the way that the Local Government Finance Settlement has been calculated has resulted in rural areas being significantly underfunded when compared to urban areas for a number of years. We want fairer funding for rural areas.
We provide opportunities for members to network at our regional seminars, main meetings, Annual Conference and electronically through the RSN.
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.
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