Rural Economy

The Rural Economy

Kirsty Williams | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Kirsty Williams

The rural economy faces significant challenges that do not arise in urban areas. This has contributed to a rural recession which is different in tone to that in urban areas. It is characterised by longer-standing levels of low economic activity and an older profile of employment.

The Farming Crisis, Is Enough Being Done?

James Woods | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Politics
James Woods

A recent report published by the charity Oxfam revealed that hill farmers work on average 80 hours a week, over double that of the average full time worker and that many farming families find themselves living below the poverty line here in the UK. The report claims that upland farmers earn between £12,600 and £8,000 a year.

The Problem Isn't Badgers, It's (Politically Led?) Bad Science

Hilary Burrage | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

National Farmers' Union and the majority of farmers - but not all - may believe that badger culls will do the trick, and a lot of politicians want to keep the farmers onside. And it will probably pay electoral dividends for a while. But longer term this 'solution' is could even make things worse...

Rural Inflation 'Rising Twice As Fast'

PA | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK

The cost of living in countryside areas has been rising almost twice as fast as in the UK as a whole, according to a new study. An analysis of spen...

Show Your Support for the Rural Economy

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

While some might have you believe that the biggest threat facing the countryside is the government's as yet unpublished and yet-to-be voted-on White Paper on planning (otherwise known as the National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF); in truth the biggest danger to our much-loved green spaces is the slow and seemingly irreversible decline of the rural economy.

Fear and Loathing of Fuel Prices

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

However hot a potato the issue of fuel duty becomes, for the sake of the rural economy (among many others), today's debate must not be the end of the discussion.