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Rural Policy in Scotland


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Rural Policy Think tank presentation

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Rural Policy in Scotland

  1. 1. Integrated Rural Development and the Framework of Regional Policy in Scotland Dr Frank Rennie Lews Castle College, UHI
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>1) The context </li></ul><ul><li>2) Institutional structure </li></ul><ul><li>3) Approaches to development </li></ul><ul><li>4) What is being done </li></ul><ul><li>5) What are the gaps? </li></ul><ul><li>6) What needs to be done </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Context <ul><li>1) Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>2) Social Development </li></ul><ul><li>3) Environmental Development </li></ul><ul><li>4) Social Equity </li></ul>
  4. 4. Institutional Structure <ul><li>1) Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Various QUANGO’s e.g. SNH, HIE,,, </li></ul><ul><li>3) Regional (local) Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>4) Voluntary agencies & lobby groups </li></ul><ul><li>5) Community Councils </li></ul><ul><li>6) The Public (Parliamentary Petitions) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Approaches to Development <ul><li>1) Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>2) Provision of infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>3) Targeted programmes of assistance </li></ul><ul><li>4) Opinion formation </li></ul><ul><li>5) “Try it and see” </li></ul>
  6. 7. What is being done <ul><li>Scottish Rural Development Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Select Committees e.g. Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development: </li></ul>
  7. 8. What is being done 2 <ul><li>Local/Regional Community Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Carnegie UK Trust Rural Action Research Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Local Voluntary Sector Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Individual lobbyists e.g. renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>A retreat from de-centralisation? </li></ul>
  8. 9. What are the gaps? <ul><li>Many agencies still in ‘silo’ mentality </li></ul><ul><li>A democratic deficit from the rural community </li></ul><ul><li>A preference for ‘tinkering’ with the policy system </li></ul><ul><li>No adequate structure for dissemination of education & good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of any rural vehicle for solidarity </li></ul>
  9. 10. What needs to be done <ul><li>Recognition of the wider scope of ‘rural’ </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional support for 3 rd sector and community-State partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralisation of central functions </li></ul><ul><li>Community education for change </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed Scottish Academy of Rural Policy to ‘rural-proof’ all policies. </li></ul>