Published: 29th Apr 2019

Rural communities and economies have been ‘ignored and underrated’ for too long, according to a group of peers. In a new report, the House of Lords select committee on the rural economy calls on the government to create a national strategy to help solve many of the problems faced by people living in the countryside. According to the report, rural communities face many significant challenges, including cuts to local authorities’ budgets, a lack of affordable housing, and an ageing population. It also calls on councils and other public bodies to develop their own local rural strategies consistent with a national framework, and be responsible for their implementation. The committee also recommends the government bring forward its consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace EU regeneration grants after Brexit, as soon as possible. In order to improve the lack of affordable housing in many rural areas, it recommends … (To read the full article, subscribe below)