ACRE welcomes the publication of a new report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
by Chris Cowcher,

ACRE welcomes the publication of a new report released today by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. The report provides an important opportunity to discuss the issues most pertinent to those living and working in rural England and to consider the most effective way to support rural communities through times of change.

ACRE was delighted to be afforded the opportunity to provide both written and verbal evidence to the committee via ACRE Trustee and CEO of ACRE Network member Action in rural Sussex, Jeremy Leggett. We highlighted that there are many unique challenges faced by rural communities and as such there needs to be appropriate support and advocacy in place to address these challenges. Our response can be seen in the evidence submitted.

ACRE has a longstanding and successful working relationship with Defra and looks forward to the department’s response to the report and to the subsequent action taken by government to support rural communities in future. ACRE is made up to 38 ACRE Network members, who have been supporting change in rural areas for the past 100 years.

A full copy of the report can be read via this link.

A copy of the press release issued by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2005 can be read via this link.