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UKRS contributions feature in House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy report

On the December 4th 2018 UK Rural Skills were invited to give evidence on education & skills issues to inform the important work of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy. UKRS director Jo Bruce attended the session which was held in the Houses of Parliament.

The results of the process of the select committee's interviews have been formulated into the report "Time for a strategy for the rural economy" which has just been released and can be read here -

The report's chapters covers:

  • The importance of the rural economy
  • The rural economy and public policy
  • Rural delivery and place-based approaches
  • Digital connectivity
  • Housing, planning and rural working spaces
  • Access to skills and rural business support
  • Delivering essential services at the local level

UK Rural Skills main contribution is offered in Chapter 6: Access to skills and rural business support, where quotes from our director, Jo Bruce, can be read.

It was a big honour to be asked and participate in the evidence sessions. We'll be watching attentively to see if ours and all other participants contributions can help lead to the Government developing a rural strategy that will help realise the potential of rural economies.

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