RURAL POLICY TOWARDS 2020
Audrey Roy
Rural Communities Policy Unit
Defra
Renewed commitment to Rural England: the
new national context
• The RCPU – established 1st
April 2011 – a centre of rural ...
•Rural Economic Growth & Rural Growth Networks
•Broadband and Mobile Infrastructure (MIP)
•Renewable energy fund
•Planning...
Priorities
Planning & Housing
Broadband & MIP
Transport
Rural Services
Fuel Poverty & Energy
RCPU : What’s been happening?
Completed 5 Rural Proofing Review
meetings with Lord Cameron and OGDs
Refreshed rural touris...
National Rural
Proofing Guidelines
Rural Proofing
Lord Cameron review
• The Rural Proofing Implementation review .
• The review will;
• provide an independent assessment of...
Community Led Local Development,
including Leader and FLAGs
Maritime and
Fisheries
Programme
(EMFF)
Rural
Development
Prog...
• Socio- economic trends – demographic changes
(ageing faster)
• Services withdrawal – PO, libraries, banks
• Connectivity...
Rural Policy questions
What are the priorities post 2014
What are the evidence gaps
Stakeholders – what are the common mes...
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  • 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'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)

    1. 1. RURAL POLICY TOWARDS 2020 Audrey Roy Rural Communities Policy Unit Defra
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. •Rural Economic Growth & Rural Growth Networks •Broadband and Mobile Infrastructure (MIP) •Renewable energy fund •Planning reforms & Housing •Transport •Rural Services •Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 RCPU : priorities 2014 +
    4. 4. Priorities Planning & Housing Broadband & MIP Transport Rural Services Fuel Poverty & Energy
    5. 5. 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 Development Programme Local enterprise partnership & LEADER group Indicative allocations Awarded over £2.6m of transition/preparatory support funding to 91 prospective LEADER groups. 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
    6. 6. National Rural Proofing Guidelines Rural Proofing
    7. 7. 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 the RCPU, • and the contribution this makes towards ensuring that departments are designing and delivering policies that are fair and effective in rural areas. • The review is expected to report to Ministers in Autumn 2014.
    8. 8. Community Led Local Development, including Leader and FLAGs Maritime and Fisheries Programme (EMFF) Rural Development Programme (EAFRD) Growth Programme (ERDF, ESF & EAFRD) Projects Rural Development Programme 2014 +
    9. 9. • Socio- economic trends – demographic changes (ageing faster) • 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
    10. 10. 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 APGs, LGA? Local solutions – better national networking?

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