A host of measures were set out in a final report published by the North Yorkshire Rural Commission earlier this year to tackle problems including a lack of affordable housing and poor internet and mobile phone coverage.
Research by the commission revealed that a fifth of all rural areas in the county have no broadband connection, compared with seven per cent in urban areas.
The Dean of Ripon, John Dobson, has stressed that a long-term strategy is required to ensure progress is made and lasting change is achieved.
An overriding theme in the commission’s findings was the need for the Government to provide a multi-billion-pound devolution deal for North Yorkshire.
Among the commission’s most radical proposals was a levy on the owners of second homes and an overhaul of the Government’s funding formula for both education and housing.
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