The Rural Bulletin 28th September 2021
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An article by Councillor Cecilia Motley, Chair of the Rural Services Network, has been published by Local Government First magazine
The article calls attention to key findings from research commissioned by the Rural Services Network (RSN) highlighting that rural areas face a triple whammy of lower funding, higher costs and greater need, which is seriously hampering efforts to grow local economies and maximise economic growth and service delivery to their often sparse populations.
Read the full Local Government First article here
The Rural Services Network is hosting a free online event via Zoom on Tuesday, 12th October from 13:30-15:30 focusing on Uniting Rural Communities to Tackle Climate Change, which will focus on the ways that rural communities can work together to tackle climate change and play a key role in the drive towards net-zero. We welcome everyone, members and non members to book your free place. If you are interested in this event, please follow this link to register.
Our RSN Seminar: Rural Town Centres, High Streets & Village Hubs event will take place online via Zoom from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, 27th October, 2021 . If you are a member of RSN, please register to attend this seminar by following this link. Please note that bookings for this event close at 5pm on Wednesday, 20th October.
And if you are a member of our Rural/Market Town Group (RMTG), please click here to book your place at our RMTG meeting, which will take place online via Zoom at 4:30pm, Tuesday, 12 October 2021. Please note this is a meeting for RMTG members only and we welcome both appointed councillor representatives and clerks (where an appointed representative is yet to be made).
Social care reforms will protect more individuals from large care costs but will not improve access to care and could make local care markets 'unsustainable', report warns
The government's reforms will protect more people from large care costs, but they will not improve access for the hundreds of thousands ineligible for services, whilst they could destabilise care markets and providers in counties, a new report warns.
The State of Care in County and Rural Areas, released by the County Councils Network (CCN) and the Rural Services Network (RSN), provides an overview of the challenges in delivering adult social care in rural and county areas, and provides the first detailed analysis of the impact of the government's social care reforms – announced last week – for councils
Economy Insight on the RSN website has now been updated with an analysis examining enterprise landscape at the local authority level. The analysis shows proportions of enterprises in broad industrial sectors over the years 2015 to 2020, and allows selection of authority or class and classification averages. Points of note from the analysis include:
Predominantly Rural areas, Predominantly Urban and England share in common the top two sectors in terms of proportion of enterprises, with enterprises in the Professional, scientific and technical sector being most prevalent, with construction being second most prevalent in 2020.
The third most prevalent sector in terms of proportion of enterprises in Predominantly Rural areas is Agriculture, forestry and fishing, having been knocked off the second spot by the increasing proportion of construction enterprises between 2015 and 2020.
Looking for funding for your local project or community group? Read the latest edition of the Funding Digest here
Read the latest Government Consultations that may be relevant to rural communities here
Member Insights is the place to discover the statistics that define communities within our membershipVisit the Members Insights here
Find out about our campaign for fairer funding for rural areas here
This includes our work on the Local Government Finance Settlement
Posted: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:57 by Helen Denton-Stacey