Select Committee on the Rural Economy
Time for a strategy for the rural economy

Report of Session 2017-19 - published 27 April 2019 - HL Paper 330



Chapter 1: The importance of the rural economy


The work of the Committee

Box 1: Rural economic potential and the Industrial Strategy

Understanding the rural economy

Box 2: Key aspects of the rural economy in England

Rural policy in England

Previous scrutiny of the rural economy

Chapter 2: The rural economy and public policy


The case for a rural strategy

Box 3: Lord Cameron of Dillington’s 2015 independent review of rural proofing

Box 4: Rural proofing by public bodies

Chapter 3: Rural delivery and place-based approaches


Understanding place-based approaches in the rural economy

Post-Brexit and the replacement of EU funding streams

Box 5: Place-based delivery: LEADER success stories

Place-based delivery of a rural strategy: the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships

Box 6: What are Local Enterprise Partnerships?

Box 7: The Work of the South West Rural Productivity Commission

The role of local authorities

Box 8: Partnership working: local-level rural strategy

Community participation and capacity building

Box 9: Community ownership: the Meltham Carlile Institute

Box 10: Community Initiatives: examples from ACRE

Chapter 4: Digital connectivity

Opportunities and challenges facing the rural digital economy

Box 11: Digital villages

Recent policy and funding announcements

Box 12: Key Government initiatives and funding announcements for improving digital connectivity in rural areas

Table 1: Premises unable to receive decent broadband from a fixed line

The Universal Service Obligation (USO)

Mobile phone coverage

Digital skills and the rural digital economy

Box 13: Local initiatives to improve digital skills

Chapter 5: Housing, planning and rural working spaces


Housing in rural areas

Box 14: What do we mean by ‘affordable housing’?

Box 15: Designated rural areas

Box 16: Cornwall: good practice in affordable housing delivery

Planning in rural areas

Box 17: Neighbourhood Plans and support for the rural economy: Lewes District

Rural workspaces

Chapter 6: Access to skills and rural business support


Characteristics of rural businesses and challenges

The Industrial Strategy

Access to skills

Box 18: Wheels to Work and Training

Box 19: UK Research and Innovation support for apprenticeships

Box 20: Increasing apprenticeships in National Parks

Rural business support

Box 21: Diversification case studies: Bolesworth Estate and Caplor

Case studies for effective business support

Box 22: Rural Creative Industries: Barrington Court, Somerset

Box 23: Rural arts: The Rural Diversity Network

Chapter 7: Delivering essential services at the local level


Rural transport

Rural Crime

Box 24: Farm Watch in Lincolnshire

Box 25: Scotland Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC)

Rural health services

Box 26: Forest of Dean Community Hospital

Box 27: The Rural Coffee Caravan

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: A short history of rural policy in England

Appendix 5: Further statistics on the rural economy

Appendix 6: Note of Committee Visit to Herefordshire: Wednesday 12 September 2018

Appendix 7: Note of Committee Visit to South Yorkshire: Wednesday 10 October 2018

Appendix 8: Recommendations relevant to organisations other than central Government

Table 2: List of recommendations for organisations outside central Government

Appendix 9: Acronyms and abbreviations

Table of Figures

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