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Our Commissioners recently considered the ways in which public resources are allocated between different places. They agreed that it is important that resources are allocated in ways that are fair between different places. They raised a number of questions and rural proofing approaches for making sure that this is the case for rural places. The position paper sets out their views.
This focus on fairness is timely, with public sector retrenchment and with various reviews of resource allocation systems in the pipeline (for example of the Dedicated Schools Grant) and with keen interest in this subject from rural bodies (such as in the rural manifesto recently published by the Rural Service Network).
We will be particularly addressing these matters of resource allocation over the coming year or so. We would welcome the involvement and support of others.