LGA responds to rural services network call for rural strategy

5 Mar 2019 09:11 AM

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board, responded to a Rural Services Network call for a rural strategy ahead of Brexit 

“Councils recognise the stark picture painted by this research. Across non-metropolitan areas, unaffordable homes, poor connectivity, skills gaps and health inequalities threaten to bring about a perfect storm jeopardising the future success and prosperity of local residents and businesses.

“The LGA’s Post-Brexit England Commission was established to find a way forward. It sets out how councils in non-metropolitan areas can build thriving, connected and healthy communities if they are given the powers and funding to deliver for their residents.

“In these uncertain times there is now an overwhelming case for a fundamental rethink by the Government of the role councils can play to deliver the best outcomes for communities outside cities.”

Notes to editors

Government urged to produce new rural strategy ahead of Brexit