t is welcome in principle, it’s content unfortunately points to the fact that rural proofing, where Defra effectively nudges other departments to positively consider how their policies might be received in rural areas, is not being taken seriously enough. It’s time for a stronger approach that government departments cannot avoid”.
In a briefing sent to the Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, the Rural Coalition calls for future reports to relate more obviously to rural proofing that has happened during the reporting year, offer a more transparent picture of how it has been applied and the positive outcomes of the process. It must provide more tangible evidence of how ‘rural proofing’ has happened across all departments and what the impact on rural people has been.
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The Rural Coalition Briefing can be downloaded here.
The Rural Coalition is thirteen national organisations who subscribe to a vision for a living and working countryside in England.
ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is a national charity speaking up for and supporting rural communities. We work to create thriving, inclusive and economically active rural communities which have the services they need. We believe no one should be disadvantaged because of where they live. As the national body of the ACRE Network – England’s largest rural grouping of county-based local development charities – we support our members to deliver initiatives that equip people with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to improve their community.