Future Directions in Rural Development – Executive Summary
Author: Jennifer Wallace
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It is now five years since the Trust published A Charter for Rural Communities, our comprehensive review of the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities in the UK and Ireland. Much has changed in this time – rural demographics have shifted and we are facing severe financial and environmental challenges. At the same time technological advances have continued apace and there are new opportunities for communities to manage local assets and shape the way public services are delivered.
This Executive Summary sets out this changed rural landscape and reviews the varying success of different approaches to rural development.
It draws out some of the key issues facing rural communities in the 21st century: access to broadband, digital participation, the importance of local enterprise and community ownership.
The conclusions of the review are that a supportive and responsive government is required at a UK, devolved and local level. Action on all of these levels is needed to address regional level inequalities, build capacity in local communities, and mitigate against any unintended consequences of macro level policies at a local level.
The full report written by Professor Mark Shucksmith is available here.