Book News: June 13th, 2006

By Jane MidgleyThe author argues that there is much to do to achieve a progressive, fair and equal society in Britain’s rural areas. Levels of pensioner poverty remain stubbornly high, a lack of access to public services can have disastrous consequences on the most vulnerable, and local communities have little power to address social problems in their midst.

A first step would be for the Government to articulate a clearer vision of the rural social and economic future it wishes to see develop. This would need to be followed by a public debate on the future of the countryside to develop an ambition equal to that of the recent ‘urban renaissance’.

This book explores the key policy issues facing rural areas, such as housing, social exclusion, rural politics, governance, economic development and public services, and puts forward a number of policy proposals.

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