Introduction

Our Rural Charter highlights several key issues which truly matter to those who live and work in the countryside. As a Countryside Alliance member your contribution helps us fight and protect the following:

Our countryside is a national treasure admired around the world but it is also a home and workplace for millions of Britons. Those who live and work there can be forgiven for feeling that the countryside is often treated as a theme park, not receiving the political support and action it needs and deserves. Rural life holds specific challenges and we urge the next government to recognise this and prioritise accordingly.

The Countryside Alliance was formed 20 years ago around a strong and vocal culture of campaigning and making the countryside’s voice heard. We have had a significant impact on the rural and political landscape and that will continue. This manifesto highlights several key issues which truly matter to those who live and work in the countryside; from tackling rural crime and increasing the provision of affordable rural housing to ensuring universal access to high speed broadband and mobile phone signal.

It is clear that Brexit will be front and centre of the work of the next Parliament, and the decision to leave the EU will have a profound impact on the countryside. To this end we have published a policy document focusing on Brexit which addresses the key issues and opportunities for the countryside.

In addition to Brexit, the next Government will need to address other key rural issues, so we have launched a Rural Charter with our five priorities.

A living and working countryside is more important than ever and the Countryside Alliance will work to ensure rural Britain is well represented.