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Our statutory purpose is to promote awareness of the social and economic needs of people who live and work in rural areas and help decision-makers across and beyond government identify how those needs can best be addressed.

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The CRC has published a report on how rural interests are being recognised within Local Enterprise Partnerships. This brings together views and information received from a range of LEPs, businesses, local authorities, and rural groups and stakeholders, obtained via a call for evidence and recent stakeholder workshop.

The CRC’s study into Social isolation experienced by older people in rural areas assesses the impacts of changing policy and methods of delivering services on the lives of older people in rural communities. It identifies a continuing need to ensure that services are ‘rural-proofed’ in order to minimise the likelihood of older people becoming socially isolated.

The CRC has published a major report into the barriers to education, employment and training experienced by young people in England’s rural areas. The report finds that whilst there are clear associated challenges for all young people across England, there is also a rural dimension to the issue.

The CRC has received a research report making a powerful case for the Government to re-consider the balance of funding for social care between urban and rural local authorities. Written by our Commissioner Professor Sheena Asthana, the paper ‘Variations in access to social care for vulnerable older people in England: is there a rural dimension?’ can be found here.

On 14 May 2012 the CRC published ‘Rural housing at a time of economic change‘. The research, produced by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, develops a new understanding of changing rent levels, migration, and the impact of changing Government policy on benefits eligibility, on rural communities.

Page last modified: November 20, 2012