Rural Communities at the Heart of Government Policy
by Chris Cowcher,

Rural Communities at the Heart of Government Policy

Following the release of the main political party’s General Election manifestos, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published its ‘Election Asks’ highlighting the need for future Government Policy to be fully rural proofed.

"ACRE welcomes the news that the unique challenges facing rural areas have been reflected in party manifestos, however we still believe that the provision of appropriate support and investment must continue to be at the heart of any future government policy."

Focusing on the most pertinent issues currently affecting rural areas ACRE’s General Election Asks 2017 ACRE’s General Election Asks 2017 calls for a suite of rural, social and economic measures, to address the question of how European investment will be replaced or replicated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The paper also sets out 10 rural policy solutions for The New Government. At the heart of the document is a clear invitation to Government to call on the experience and specialist expertise of The ACRE Network, and other rural partners to ensure that the best deal possible is on offer for England’s rural communities.

Richard Quallington, ACRE CEO commented “There are many examples of the positive action taken by government to support rural England in recent years, but further work is needed to ensure that all rural communities flourish and thrive.

We welcome the news that the unique challenges facing rural areas have been reflected in party manifestos, however we still believe that the provision of appropriate support and investment must continue to be at the heart of any future government policy.

For over 90 years our 38 ACRE Network members have supported rural residents, community groups, charities and business to adjust and adapt to the challenges they have faced. And today we continue to help rural communities to address need by providing practical support, by spreading good practice and by celebrating the many wonderful things achieved by enterprising residents who live in some of England’s smallest and most isolated communities.”

Rural Communities at the Heart of Government Policy – ACRE’s General Election Asks 2017 Rural Communities at the Heart of Government Policy – ACRE’s General Election Asks 2017 will be sent to each of the political parties and to the press ahead of the General Election. ACRE encourages others to share this document widely and to continue the dialogue and debate on the needs and opportunities facing rural communities in 2017 and beyond.