The Rural Coalition is calling for the Government to set out its vision for rural England providing:
- Opportunity for all in rural England – Levelling-up access to good quality jobs, homes, education and health services in rural areas with fair funding for public services
- A more resilient rural economy – More investment in skills, retraining and digital infrastructure, to attract new businesses to the area and increase economic diversity
- A major contribution to becoming net zero – Capitalising on opportunities for green rural growth, whilst helping to deliver the nation’s net zero emissions target
The Rural Coalition supports a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is equitable across the country. Growing back better will ensure equal opportunities for all – no matter where they live and work.
Chair of the Rural Coalition, Margaret Clark, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus a number of rural vulnerabilities. How we plan for building back better offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address these issues but also to unlock the potential of rural areas to make a significant contribution to the nation’s economic recovery and ensure no one is left behind.”
The full Rebuilding Rural: Growing Back Better document from the Rural Coalition is available here: https://acre.org.uk/cms/resources/rural-coalition-rebuilding-rural-final-digital-version.pdf
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Please contact Julie Cummings for more information. Email: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07958 722 148
Graham Biggs, Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network, and Jeremy Leggett MBE, Policy Advisor for Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), are available for a limited number of interview opportunities. Please get in touch with Julie if you wish to arrange a slot.
The Rural Coalition is thirteen national organisations who subscribe to a vision for a living and working countryside in England. Given many shared values, we seek to be more influential by joining in common cause.
Members of the Rural Coalition: Action with Communities in Rural England; CPRE, the countryside charity; Country Land and Business Association; The Arthur Rank Centre; National Association of Local Councils; National Centre for Rural Health and Care; National Farmers Union; National Housing Federation; Plunkett Foundation; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Royal Town Planning Institute; Rural Services Network; Town and Country Planning Association. President: Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans. Chair: Margaret Clark CBE