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Scrutiny

We provide a range of services which may be of interest to those in a Scrutiny or support position in a Local Authority

 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.

 PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKING

This section enables local authorities to compare their performance to their family group of authorities, in addition to other rural authorities in national performance indicator areas of work.

 ECONOMIC PROFILING

This section provides an economic profile for local authorities and brings together a range of key indicators in relation to the economy which enables them to see how well their local area is performing.

 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.

 SPECIFIC SCRUTINY PROJECTS 

From time to time we carry out specific projects focusing on the Scrutiny of Rural Services.  For example we did an exercise looking at the Access to Health Services in rural areas.

 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.

 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.

 RURAL PROOFING 

Rural proofing aims to ensure that services, projects and policies are designed so that they reach rural communities and are suited to rural circumstances.  The Rural Services Network, along with other organisations, supported a Defra-funded project to produce some guidance resources on local level rural proofing. This material is aimed at any organisation working locally, in whatever field and whether in the public, private or civil society sectors.

 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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