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It recommends that the Government rethinks and reforms the rural proofing process to ensure that relevant policies and legislation are attuned to the needs of rural communities and rural economies.
Lord Foster of Bath, chair of the Committee, commented:
‘Rural communities and the economies in them have been ignored and underrated for too long. We must act now to reverse this trend, but we can no longer allow the clear inequalities between the urban and rural to continue unchecked. A rural strategy would address challenges and realise potential in struggling and under-performing areas, and allow vibrant and thriving areas to develop further. Doing nothing is not an option.’
→ The MJ Today - The Government must develop a rural strategy
→ Christian Today - Bishop backs 'urgent' call for Government to better support rural economies
→ Farming UK - Rural economy being 'ignored and underrated', peers say
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