The Rural Economy inquiry report was published on 27 April 2019, in it the Committee have called for a comprehensive national-level rural economic strategy, to be delivered locally via communities, councils and businesses.
Nottinghamshire MP Robert Jenrick and Defra Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner will launch the fund on April 5 at Oxton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire, giving full details of eligibility and criteria. The event is open to all those involved in the upkeep of Village Halls.
ACRE member, Action with Communities in Rural Kent, will host a workshop at Stalisfield Village Hall, Faversham, Kent on 21st March 2019. Th event comes as part of the Rural Opinion Advocacy and Development (ROAD) project which is funded through the European Rural Parliament (ERP).
ACRE's recent evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees has demonstrated a diminished focus on the potential of rural areas and it called for a renewed focus on ‘rural proofing’, with all Whitehall departments ensuring a rural dimension within their policy making.
This award of £3 million is a powerful example of what partnership working can achieve and follows on from longstanding lobbying of MPs by the ACRE Network, and of the collation of evidence and key arguments over a long period.