Published: 16th Jan 2020

Cornwall Council has urged the government to harness the potential of rural areas in its plans to ‘level up’ struggling parts of the country. In a new report by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), the leader of Cornwall Council, Cllr Julian German argues that ‘tapping into the distinctive potential of rural areas is long overdue’. The report – Land of Opportunity – calls for a stronger, rebalanced national economy with a UK Shared Prosperity Fund which minimises regional equalities. It also calls for the creation of a new Rural Social Mobility Fund to help areas which are ‘susceptible to social inequality and low social mobility’. ‘By concentrating funding to rural and peripheral localities with the specific aim of harnessing local assets, innovations, and institutions, funds can stay within communities to effect sustainable growth and improve the life chances and opportunities of residents,’ the report states. In addition, it also … (To read the full article, subscribe below)