Introduction

Welcome to Rural Proofing For Health

In 2012, the Government put forward their Rural Statement.

This was a catch-all document drafted by a raft of ministers aimed to underline the commitment that the government would make to the Rural Community in England as a whole. The Government wanted to insure the nearly 10 million people living in Rural Areas in England, that their cases were being considered when it comes the making of policies, the reviewing of Government supported schemes and enabling local authorities to deliver services that are more effective, quickly.

Home to one-fifth of the English population, rural areas make up 86% of the country’s landmass. Over 500,00 businesses big and small, over a quarter of England’s total, operate out of Rural areas – these support thousands of different communities. Ranging from the most modest of hamlets in the corners of Devon’s back roads to the lager post industrial towns of the North.

The Rural Statement was intended as a statement of purpose. Not so much a promise, as a simple message to the Rural Communities of England, that they were being considered when laws were being made.

Three key priorities were put forward that would guide the 41 points of the Rural Statement:-

Economic Growth

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The Government wants Rural business to continue to build on the contributions that they make to National Growth. Creating more sustainable growth within Rural areas can help foster a sense of forward momentum and bring hope to more deprived areas.

Rural Engagement

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Rural communities are often, by their nature, isolated. As a result of a lack of direct contact with the Government, discontentment and even resentment can set in. The Government wants to ensure that people living in Rural Areas know that they’re on their side.

Quality of Life

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The Quality of Life for Rural people has to be equal to those living in a suburban areas. This means improvement of access to public services, so that people can be actively engaged in shaping and changing the places where they live.