Time for a strategy for the rural economy says Lords Committee

In a report published on April 27th, The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy has called on the Government to develop a rural strategy and help realise the potential of rural economies.

The Chair of the Committee, Lord Foster of Bath, said: 

"Rural communities and the economies in them have been ignored and underrated for too long. We must act now to reverse this trend, but we can no longer allow the clear inequalities between the urban and rural to continue unchecked. A rural strategy would address challenges and realise potential in struggling and under-performing areas, and allow vibrant and thriving areas to develop further. Doing nothing is not an option."

Director of the Fund, Claire Saunders, presented oral evidence to the committee in November, based on the findings of the Fund's Recharging Rural research.

The report sets out a range of recommendations across different policy areas to tackle the challenges facing the rural economy. Find out more here. 

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