Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Eleventh Report


Appendices

Appendix 1: Original Terms of Reference

The EFRA Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the potential of England's rural economy: what could be achieved and the barriers to achieving it. The inquiry will build on the work of the previous EFRA Committee in its inquiry into the Government's Rural Strategy and the draft Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill, and take into account the new arrangements for rural policy put in place by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

In particular, the inquiry will consider:

1. Defra's objectives for economic development in rural areas, including the relevant Public Service Agreement (PSA) target, and the funding available to achieve them.

2. The role of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in unlocking the economic potential of rural areas, and the effectiveness of Defra's relationship with RDAs.

3. Agricultural and non-agricultural providers of rural employment, for example horticulture, and possible barriers, including the structure of the retail food sector, to their further development.

4. The effectiveness of rural proofing arrangements in ensuring that the rural aspects of economic development are properly reflected in national and regional policy, including planning policy.

5. The role of Natural England and the Commission for Rural Communities and their effectiveness in taking forward the work of their predecessor bodies.


Appendix 2: List of The Overview Areas And Indicators for the "Strong Rural Communities" DSO

Intermediate Outcome No 1: The evidenced needs of rural people and communities are addressed through mainstream public policy and delivery

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OVERVIEW

GCSE results

Full-time entrants to higher education

SOCIAL CAPITAL/QUALITY OF LIFE OVERVIEW

People from different backgrounds get on well together in the local area

People have meaningful interactions with people from different backgrounds

People feel that they belong to their neighbourhood

People feel that they can influence decisions in their locality

Participation in regular formal volunteering at least once a month

HEALTH OVERVIEW

Life expectancy at birth

Infant mortality

Potential years of life lost: from all cancers

Potential years of life lost: from coronary heart disease

Potential years of life lost: from stroke and related diseases

Potential years of life lost: from suicide and undetermined injuries

HOUSING NEEDS OVERVIEW

Waiting lists as a percentage of housing stock

Homelessness and temporary accommodation

Ratio of lower quartile house prices to lower quartile earnings

CRIME OVERVIEW

Violence against the person

Sexual offences

Robbery

Burglary

Theft of motor vehicles

Theft from a motor vehicle

POVERTY AND UNEMPLOYMENT OVERVIEW

Proportion of people living below the poverty threshold

Unemployment rates

Intermediate outcome no. 2: Economic growth is supported in rural areas with the lowest level of performance

PRODUCTIVITY OVERVIEW

EARNINGS OVERVIEW

Workplace based earnings

Residence based earnings

EMPLOYMENT OVERVIEW

Employment rates

Economic activity rates

SKILLS OVERVIEW

No qualifications (% working age population)

Proportion of working age population with NVQ2+

Higher qualifications (% working age population)

On the job training

ENTERPRISE OVERVIEW

Businesses per 10,000 population

Business start-ups per 10,000 population

INVESTMENT OVERVIEW

Capital investment by Local Authority District per employee


 
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