Rural Proofing

What is Rural Proofing?

Rural proofing is a commitment by Government to ensure domestic policies take account of rural circumstances and needs. It’s a mandatory part of the policy process, which means as policies are developed, policy makers should:

  • consider whether their policy is likely to have a different impact in rural areas, because of particular circumstances or needs
  • make proper assessment of those impacts, if they’re likely to be significant
  • adjust the policy where appropriate, with solutions to meet rural needs and circumstances

Rural proofing applies to all policies, programmes and initiatives and it applies to both design and delivery stages. The Government is committed to making rural proofing a reality at national and regional levels.

Rural Proofing: where next?

Our report, ‘Monitoring Rural Proofing 2007’, showed that Government policy was still not adequately considering the needs of rural communities.

Read our Rural Proofing literature review

Download our review of Rural Proofing

Policy Making for Places – 19 May 2009

Our major conference for government policy makers re-launched the government’s commitment to rural proofing. Our event explored how rural proofing approaches can be applied to policy development processes. We’ll be uploading the write-up of the event shortly.

Read the feedback from the facilitated sessions

Download some of the presentations: Theresa Huddart, North East Commission on Rural Health Andy Ashcroft, Lancashire County Council

Rural Proofing Toolkit

We’ve also produced a refreshed Rural Proofing Toolkit to help ensure domestic policies take account of rural circumstances and needs.

Download the Rural Proofing Toolkit

Monitoring Rural Proofing Reports

A key element of our independent watchdog role is to report on how government is responding to its commitment to rural proof policy development and delivery.

Download our ‘Monitoring Rural Proofing 2007’ report

2004/2005 Rural Proofing Report

2005/2006 Rural Proofing report & summary

Rural Proofing LAAs

Our commentary notes, Local Area Agreements – ‘Thinking Rural’, have been produced to help all those seeking to rural proof LAAs.M

We’ve also produced some further notes to help plan and achieve your objectives. They have been informed by discussions at a meeting of interested parties hosted last November by the Government Office for the South East.

Rural Analysis of the 2008 Budget

Our analysis of the 2008 budget identifies the tax announcements that have particular implications for individuals, communities and businesses in rural areas.

Download the rural analysis of the 2008 Budget

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EEDA helps make Rural Proofing easier for organisations in the East of England

posted by CRC | 13 October 2009 at 12:45 pm | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
EEDA helps make Rural Proofing easier for organisations in the East of England

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has published a short guide to rural proofing in economic development to make it easier for organisations to assess their approach to rural needs

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Commenting on proposals by rural LAs under provisions of Sustainable Communities Act 2007

posted by CRC | 7 October 2009 at 12:29 pm | 1 comment | from the category: Rural Proofing
Commenting on proposals by rural LAs under provisions of Sustainable Communities Act 2007

We’re delighted that so many rural local authorities have put forward proposals under the provision of the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.

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Commentary on proposals by rural LAs under provisions of Sustainable Communities Act 2007

posted by CRC | 7 October 2009 at 11:53 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Commentary on proposals by rural LAs under provisions of Sustainable Communities Act 2007

Our commentary on the proposals put forward by rural local authorities under the provisions of the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.

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Our response to CLG’s Consultation ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’

posted by CRC | 29 September 2009 at 3:59 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Our response to CLG’s Consultation ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’

We’ve responded to CLG’s Consultation ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’, which sets out a range of proposals to promote democratic renewal and strengthen the power and responsibility of local government.

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Rural proofing for wellbeing

posted by CRC | 10 September 2009 at 11:20 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Rural proofing for wellbeing

Trevor Cherrett, Expert Adviser in our Rural Places team, spoke at LGA’s Rural Commission earlier this week, outlining the genesis of a new ‘rural prospectus’ being drafted by a coalition of national organisations. Trevor spoke on behalf of Matthew Taylor,

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Rural proofing for wellbeing – LGA Rural Commission article

posted by CRC | 10 September 2009 at 9:37 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Rural proofing for wellbeing – LGA Rural Commission article

Article for the LGA’s Rural Commission, 8 September 2009.

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RTPI South West: Rural Planning Issues Event

posted by CRC | 10 September 2009 at 3:54 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
RTPI South West: Rural Planning Issues Event

Trevor Cherrett, Expert Adviser in our Rural Places team, will be speaking at RTPI South West’s Rural Planning Issues event.

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Think rural, act rural: Crispin Moor blogs about Rural Proofing for New Start magazine

posted by CRC | 20 July 2009 at 3:39 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing

Crispin Moor, our Executive Director – Whitehall, has blogged for New Start magazine about how and why Rural Proofing can help effectively deliver mainstream policies and programmes.

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Call for expressions of interest: rural proofing and mainstreaming champions

posted by CRC | 8 June 2009 at 3:16 am | 1 comment | from the category: Rural Proofing
Call for expressions of interest: rural proofing and mainstreaming champions

This call for expressions of interest has now closed.

We’re looking for a partner or set of partners for a project seeking to build capacity across government on rural proofing.

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Policy Making for Places: Rural Proofing event – North East Commission on Rural Health presentation

posted by CRC | 21 May 2009 at 6:02 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Policy Making for Places: Rural Proofing event – North East Commission on Rural Health presentation

Presentation by Theresa Huddart, North East Commission on Rural Health, to the ‘Policy Making for Places: Rural proofing the work of government’ event, May 19 2009.

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Policy Making for Places: Rural Proofing event – presentation by Lancashire County Council

posted by CRC | 21 May 2009 at 5:57 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Policy Making for Places: Rural Proofing event – presentation by Lancashire County Council

Presentation by Andy Ashcroft, Lancashire County Council, to the ‘Policy Making for Places: Rural proofing the work of government’ event, May 19 2009.

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Our Response to the Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry ‘Supporting People’

posted by CRC | 12 May 2009 at 12:43 pm | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Our Response to the Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry ‘Supporting People’

Our response to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into the ‘Supporting People’ programme.

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Press Release – ‘Watchdog unveils strengthened approach to ‘rural proofing’ of government policies’

posted by CRC | 12 May 2009 at 9:27 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Press Release – ‘Watchdog unveils strengthened approach to ‘rural proofing’ of government policies’

Press release to accompany the launch of the refreshed Rural Proofing Toolkit.

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A strengthened approach for ‘Rural Proofing’ government policies

posted by CRC | 11 May 2009 at 11:01 am | 1 comment | from the category: Rural Proofing
A strengthened approach for ‘Rural Proofing’ government policies

We’ve produced a refreshed and strengthened Rural Proofing Toolkit to help policymakers ensure policies take account of rural circumstances and needs.

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Policy Making for Places: Rural proofing the work of government

posted by CRC | 20 February 2009 at 3:20 am | 1 comment | from the category: Rural Proofing
Policy Making for Places: Rural proofing the work of government

Our joint conference with Defra and Whitehall & Westminster World will witness the re-launch of rural proofing as the tool to deliver the Government’s commitment to ensure effective rural mainstreaming – ensuring the needs of rural communities are met through mainstream policies.

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Rural proofing: Making the right decisions

posted by CRC | 20 February 2009 at 3:01 am | 1 comment | from the category: Rural Proofing
Rural proofing: Making the right decisions

At our recent Releasing the Potential of Rural Economies: Innovation summit, Hilary Benn spoke of his continuing commitment to working with us to support rural communities.

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Rural Proofing: Making the right decisions

posted by CRC | 20 February 2009 at 2:34 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Rural Proofing: Making the right decisions

Our statement welcoming Hilary Benn’s continuing commitment to working with us to support rural communities.

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We welcome CRE’s discussion paper on the future of Rural Proofing

posted by CRC | 24 November 2008 at 3:50 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
We welcome CRE’s discussion paper on the future of Rural Proofing

We welcome the recent Rural Proofing discussion paper by Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy.

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Do you recognise rural? Cripin Moor in ModernGov magazine

posted by CRC | 3 November 2008 at 10:10 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing

Crispin Moor, our Whitehall Director, has written an article for this month’s ModernGov, looking at the concept of ‘ruralproofing’ and the mainstreaming of rural issues in policy making.

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Do you recognise rural? Modern Gov article

posted by CRC | 24 October 2008 at 3:07 am | Comments Off | from the category: Rural Proofing
Do you recognise rural? Modern Gov article

This article by Crispin Moor, our Whitehall Director, for ModernGov, looks at the concept of ‘ruralproofing’ and the mainstreaming of rural issues in policy making.

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