969: Austerity and rural communities

This paper has been summarised from ‘The potential impacts on rural communities of future public sector austerity – a discussion paper’ published by the Commission for Rural Communities.

Year of Publication2010

Those serving rural communities should: use Rural Proofing to support decision makers; commit to demonstrably fair resource allocation; use strong leadership and collaboration to find efficiencies in the rural public sector; look at innovation and good practice and investing in potential; look for opportunities to help local economies to fill the slack created by less public spending, particularly through increased local purchasing; consider investing in areas that are successful but still punching below their economic potential and protect and maintain the capacity of local communities to help themselves.

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