A House of Lords inquiry into the rural economy in England has issued a call for evidence, giving people in rural communities the chance to have their say on the issues that matter to them.

The Countryside Alliance has published an online survey giving our members and supporters the chance to shape the evidence we present to the inquiry. The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Foster of Bath, has stated that “the voices of those living in rural communities are vital to this inquiry” and the Countryside Alliance wants to ensure that your voice is heard.

The special House of Lords Select Committee is examining all aspects of the rural economy and will make recommendations to the Government early next year. The Committee is now calling for written evidence from those interested in the issue.

People in rural areas are resilient and innovative but the rural economy still suffers from a range of problems. The Committee has identified several areas that is wants to examine below:

  • Transport in rural areas
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Support for local amenities such as shops and pubs
  • Rural housing and planning policy
  • Rural businesses, business investment and new rural industries
  • Employment and skills
  • Demographic challenges
  • Rural deprivation and isolation

If any of these issues affect you and your community then make sure you complete the survey.

This is the first time that a parliamentary inquiry has considered such a broad range of rural issues at one time and it provides the Committee with an opportunity to make recommendations across government, which should help to improve the lives of those who live and work in the countryside.

Complete our survey below:

Or click here to open the survey in a new window

For more information please contact [email protected] or call 0207 840 9260.