Book now to attend our National Rural Conference, (in association with the CCRI), in Cheltenham on 3rd & 4th September) here. The keynote speaker for the conference is the Rt Hon Lord Foster of Bath, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy.
He wrote that ‘rural affairs have slipped down this Government’s priorities’ and called for another Rural White Paper. The first Rural White Paper, introduced 20 years ago, brought £1 billion of funding to shops, services, transport and initiatives to support rural communities.
Drew detailed what he would like to see in a Rural Strategy: ‘A thriving economy; a digitally connected countryside and affordable homes.
It should also provide a fair deal on health and social care.’ He continued: ‘People living in rural areas deserve the same rights to services and opportunities as their urban counterparts, which is why it’s time to recognise that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach fails those of us who love life in our rural communities.’
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