Strong rural interests prevail, from the Prime Minister down, within the Coalition Government Defra Ministers are rural champions, supported by a centre of rural expertise.
Planning & Housing New permitted development rights for change of use of agricultural buildings supports development in rural communities We worked closely with DCLG on the new National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG), supporting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) . 42% of Help to Buy: Equity Loans are in local authorities classified as rural using the DEFRA classification Transport Brokered DfT support for Wheels to Work Rural Services P.O, Royal Mail USO, Rural Retail, Pub is the Hub, Rural Banking, Rural Schools, Rural Health, Ageing Fuel Poverty and Energy £15m Rural Community Energy Fund launched last June, over 50 applications from rural communities for grants of up to £20,000 to explore their local potential to generate renewable energy and heat. We&apos;ve now dispersed nearly £0.5M to local communities. Rural Proofing National & Local
Lord Cameron Independent Review of Rural Proofing Implementation Within Government
Need to show that we will use all four EU funds together to greatest effect - Synergy This is new. In England most RDP programme funds will be channelled though an RDP programme as now But a proportion will go through a Growth Programme with the structural funds, with LEPs having a big say on how that part of RDP is used. Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation Enhancing competitiveness and farm viability Promoting food chain organisation and risk management Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.
Rural Policy Towards 2020 - Audrey Roy (DEFRA RCPU)
RURAL POLICY TOWARDS 2020
Rural Communities Policy Unit
Renewed commitment to Rural England: the
new national context
• The RCPU – established 1st
April 2011 – a centre of rural expertise
• Rural Statement – Government wide vision and commitment to
rural England – snapshot in time.
• CRC Closed - 31st
March 2013: A move away from a statutory
independent advisor and non-regulatory watchdog
• Renewed emphasis on all Government Departments taking
responsibility for rural proofing their policies
• Supported by the RCPU to strengthen their rural proofing efforts
•Rural Economic Growth & Rural Growth Networks
•Broadband and Mobile Infrastructure (MIP)
•Renewable energy fund
•Planning reforms & Housing
•Rural Development Programme 2014-2020
RCPU : priorities 2014 +
Planning & Housing
Broadband & MIP
Fuel Poverty & Energy
RCPU : What’s been happening?
Completed 5 Rural Proofing Review
meetings with Lord Cameron and OGDs
Refreshed rural tourism policy to help
rural businesses attract visitors to
their destinations under the new Rural
Local enterprise partnership & LEADER
group Indicative allocations
Awarded over £2.6m of transition/preparatory
support funding to 91 prospective LEADER
Delivered successful rural proofing workshops
with OGDs (D0H,DCMS BIS & DWP)
Successfully worked with DfE on their review of Schools funding
Formula, resulting in a dedicated sum for rural schools.
Over 40 meetings between RFNs and
Ministers across the country have been
held in the last 18 months
Designed and launched the Rural
Communities Energy Fund
Funding a project to look at
additional costs facing rural
authorities with DCLG
Agreed grant funding to support the
Wheels to Work Association in
2014/15 with DfT
Lord Cameron review
• The Rural Proofing Implementation review .
• The review will;
• provide an independent assessment of our government departments
have applied rural proofing.
• comment on the effectiveness of the advice and support provided by
• and the contribution this makes towards ensuring that departments
are designing and delivering policies that are fair and effective in
• The review is expected to report to Ministers in Autumn 2014.
Community Led Local Development,
including Leader and FLAGs
(ERDF, ESF & EAFRD)
Rural Development Programme 2014 +
• Socio- economic trends – demographic changes
• Services withdrawal – PO, libraries, banks
• Connectivity - Transport ; Broadband ;
• Housing – demand continues
• Alternative models of service delivery – local vs
national; social enterprise vs public/private;
technology – v face to face;
Rural communities’ resilience
Rural Policy questions
What are the priorities post 2014
What are the evidence gaps
Stakeholders – what are the common messages?
Rural voice – Need to speak up
Cross Government influence – where else to target
Local solutions – better national networking?