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CRC website to be archived

posted by CRC | 4 February 2011 at 2:16 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

This website is now being archived, so that our work and evidence base from the last five years may continue to be accessed and used by our many stakeholders and partners.

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CRC response to court closures

posted by CRC | 3 February 2011 at 3:19 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

Last Summer the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries asked the CRC to consider the impact on rural communities of the Ministry of Justice’s proposed programme of court closures.

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State of the countryside update: Market towns

posted by CRC | 3 February 2011 at 12:55 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

The Commission for Rural Communities have published a State of the Countryside Update focusing on Market Towns.

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Report of the Rural Champions Project

posted by CRC | 3 February 2011 at 10:43 am | Comments Off | from the category: News

The Final Report of the Rural Champions Project and related appendices have now been published.

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The Rural Big Society

posted by CRC | 2 February 2011 at 3:25 pm | 2 comments | from the category: News

The CRC and Respublica have worked together to develop the briefing paper ‘The Rural Big Society’, based on engagement with a broad cross section of rural interest groups, looking at the value of the Big Society approach to rural communities.

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New studies offer signpost for future direction of rural transport

posted by CRC | 2 February 2011 at 1:02 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

We are publishing six new reports aimed at assisting the provision of rural transport in the challenging economic climate.

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Rural broadband – why does it matter?

posted by CRC | 1 February 2011 at 1:28 pm | 1 comment | from the category: News

The CRC has produced a short note explaining the importance of broadband to rural communities and the benefits it brings to businesses, public service delivery and community cohesion.

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Renewable Energy Guide for Rural Communities

posted by CRC | 26 January 2011 at 9:00 am | Comments Off | from the category: News

The CRC has worked in partnership with Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to produce a guide to help rural communities interested in generating renewable energy locally.

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Continuing Effective Engagement for Town and Parish Councils

posted by CRC | 24 January 2011 at 4:09 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

In partnership with ourselves, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is publishing a new suite of good practice guidance materials for local councils entitled ‘Continuing Effective Engagement for Town and Parish Councils’.

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Small Villages, Big Society

posted by CRC | 21 January 2011 at 2:03 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

As part of our work on the rural aspect of Big Society, last autumn we issued a call for Evidence on the economic impact of the Big Society in rural areas.

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Supporting a Stronger Civil Society, a response from the Commission for Rural Communities

posted by CRC | 12 January 2011 at 11:55 am | Comments Off | from the category: News

The CRC has submitted a response to the Consultation on the Cabinet Office draft strategy for supporting Civil Society Organisations.

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Localism Bill and rural communities

posted by CRC | 16 December 2010 at 12:21 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

The Commission for Rural Communities is pleased that the long awaited Localism Bill has finally been published.

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Welcome for new training strategy for parish and town councils

posted by CRC | 10 December 2010 at 9:00 am | 2 comments | from the category: News

Today, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is publishing a new training strategy and delivery plan for parish and town councils across England and Wales.

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Update on the future of the RDPE Network

posted by CRC | 6 December 2010 at 10:51 am | Comments Off | from the category: News

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Network will continue to operate through to 2013, as required under the European Rural Development Regulation.

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Rural watchdog highlights need to tackle poverty amongst farming households

posted by CRC | 30 November 2010 at 10:19 am | Comments Off | from the category: Featured, News

A quarter of farming households live below the official poverty line, receiving relatively little support either from agricultural policies or the welfare state. To help address the situation we have producd a report identifying the root causes of poverty amongst farming households and setting out what government needs to do.

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Commissioning Children’s Centres: a rural perspective

posted by CRC | 25 November 2010 at 2:40 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

Today we are launching Commissioning Children’s Centres: a rural perspective, a short guide focusing on families with young children in rural areas and the implications for Children’s Centre commissioning and delivery.

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A minimum income standard for rural areas

posted by CRC | 23 November 2010 at 10:57 am | Comments Off | from the category: News

Today we are jointly publishing a research report with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which sets out the higher costs of living for rural households.

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Embedding rural areas into Local Enterprise Partnerships

posted by CRC | 18 November 2010 at 10:35 am | Comments Off | from the category: News

The Government is determined “…that all parts of the country benefit from sustainable economic growth.” (Local growth: realising every place’s potential. HM Government 28 October 2010) To achieve this it will be imperative that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) embed their rural areas into their evidence gathering and analysis; into their dialogue and partnership with local business and other communities; into the development of strategies and plans; and that the rural voice is given fair and full measure in their decision processes.

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Improving the effectiveness of delivering affordable rural housing: section 106 agreements, rural exception sites and Community Land Trusts

posted by CRC | 16 November 2010 at 4:37 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

In July 2010 the CRC completed a short research based project exploring the provision of affordable rural housing through the use of Exception Sites, Section 106 Agreements, and local land trusts. This report draws on the ‘ground level’ experience of delivery practitioners to inform how Section 106 Agreements, rural Exception Sites and Community Land Trusts might be made more effective in the delivery of affordable housing, especially in difficult economic circumstances.

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State of the countryside update: Sparsely populated areas

posted by CRC | 12 November 2010 at 3:47 pm | Comments Off | from the category: News

Our new State of the countryside update report focuses on the most sparsely populated areas of England in terms of their social, economic and environmental state and how these areas differ from other parts of country.

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