Beyond the farm: why policymakers can’t afford to ignore the wider rural economy post-Brexit
by Chris Cowcher,

Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE), Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are hosting an event today to consider what rural policy should look like post-Brexit.

“The aim for the day will be to provide policy makers and influencers from across the political spectrum with advice on how to make good rural policy, based on long-standing experience, strong research and a robust evidence base”

As the UK prepares to withdraw from the EU it is vital to rethink rural policy approaches, as discussion about the rural economy tends to focus on farming and agriculture. The day will provide an opportunity to discuss how rural policy should be developed outside EU frameworks and how rural communities can be supported to contribute fully to the future of post-Brexit Britain.

ACRE’s Richard Quallington explained “the aim for the day will be to provide policy makers and influencers from across the political spectrum with advice on how to make good rural policy, based on long-standing experience, strong research and a robust evidence base”

He will be joined by a panel of experts Frances Rowe, Research Associate at CRE, Hooper, Policy Manager at RICS who will speak on behalf of the host organisations as well as Martin Worner, Founder of thecitysecret, and John Varley, Estates Director at Clinton Devon Estates and board member of the Environment Agency and Natural England.

The panel will be chaired by Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland and Chair of Rural Economy at Newcastle University. The delegates will be academics and senior members of staff organisations with an interest in rural issues.

The main topics that Richard is planning to cover will be the housing challenges facing rural communities, the need for affordable transport provision in rural areas, the current state of broadband provision to rural household and businesses and more generally investment in infrastructure in rural areas.

The event will take place at RICS, 12 Great George Street, London from 5.30 until 8pm this afternoon. ACRE will write a short blog piece as a follow up, which will be posted on this website shortly.