Rural Insight

ACRE is a leading national organisation that provides reports and research into what makes rural England tick. With unrivalled access to more 50,000 grassroots groups through our Network of rural community councils, ACRE is arguably the only charity that can give insight into the issues, challenges and success stories of people living and working in rural England.

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Our Network’s direct contact with rural communities, local authorities and other strategic partners allows us to tap into their on-the-ground intelligence using detailed surveys. We use this insight to develop local solutions to a wide range of issues and to influence national policy on rural issues.

ACRE uses its research to assist the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and other partner organisations in understanding the real issues affecting rural people. We advise what the likely outcomes of policy changes might be, how people are responding and what solutions are working for them.

We are able to help ‘rural proof’ policies through steering groups, reports to Government departments, responses to consultations and provision of evidence to Select Committees. ACRE was a member of the steering groups that produced two rural-proofing toolkits health practitioners and local government policy development.

ACRE has been represented on the following national groups:

Department for Communities and Local Government

Rural Housing Advisory Group - the Group’s aim is to advise the HCA and Government on, and seek ways to improve, delivery of affordable rural housing; promoting joint working between key stakeholders through the provision of a forum for sharing good practice and encouraging innovation.

Indices of Multiple Deprivation Advisory Group considers options and makes recommendations to the Project Board with regard to the production of updated indices in 2015.

Department of Energy and Climate Change

Big Energy Saving Week - raises awareness of energy and efficiency issues.

Big Energy Saving Network - a £752,000 fund to help third sector organisations and community groups deliver a programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers

Heating Oil and LPG Government, Industry and Consumer Advisory Group – to discuss issues relating to heating oil and LPG with Government and the industry.

Ministerial Round Table on Heating Oil and LPG – brings together members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Off-gas Grid, other Government Departments, the devolved administrations, local councils, consumer representative organisations and oil buying groups, the competition authorities and the industry.