Rural Affairs

Rural Affairs

Photograph of village shop and post office

Defra’s rural programme focuses on the outcomes of the Government’s social and economic policies in relation to rural people and places.

Our aim is to ensure that the evidenced needs of rural people and communities are addressed effectively through mainstream public policy and delivery. This is about working constructively within a national policy framework which recognises that all communities are different; and which is increasingly designed to give local areas the flexibility to respond to local circumstances and needs.

Strong Rural Communities

Departmental Strategic Objective measurements published online.

Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, reiterates Government's commitment to it strategic objective to promote Strong Rural Communities in his letters to Stuart Burgess, Chairman of Commission for Rural Communities, and David Stewart who is the Lead chair of the Regional Rural Affairs Forums.


In this section:

Grants and Funding
Other Rural Issues


24 July 2008

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs