The Rural Bulletin 5th January 2022
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First Homes Report Published
On 28 December 2021 Government requirements for the provision of First Homes as part of affordable housing contributions came into effect. Apart from some areas where transitional arrangements will apply, the First Homes requirements will create a number of challenges for rural local authorities. Research recently conducted by the Rural Service Network shows local authority members have several concerns.
Ageing in place: how can we ensure rural residents have choice, control and support to lead healthy, independent lives?
By 2040, over 40% of the UK population will be aged 50 years and over. Yet we are not ageing evenly – with one in three Local Authorities in rural and coastal Districts already having populations fitting this profile. As part of pandemic recovery and future planning, Government is now paying increasing attention to improving services for older people. This includes the publication of the 'People at the Heart of Care' White Paper. What does ageing mean for rural communities – and what can be done to fix social care in rural places? Jessica Sellick investigates?
Happy New Year and best wishes for 2022 to all of our readers!
We are starting off our seminar programme with two topics that cross across so many of our priority areas, Older People and Young People. The Seminars are free to access but only to members of the Rural Services Network.
Places are limited at the January Older People event so book your place now if you are a member of the RSN, there are plenty of spaces at the March event for Young People:
You can view our whole seminar programme for 2022 at this link
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
This Rural Bulletin is published by the Rural Services Network and brings you a round up of our existing publications in one place.
Posted: Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:42 by Helen Denton-Stacey