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Title: Rural Development Policy in England


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Rural Development Policy in England
  • John Mills
  • Director of Rural Policy
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
IrelandEngland 54 of land area
84 of population 384 persons
per sq.km
London
100 km
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England rural/ urban land coverRural 87 of
land area 19 of population
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Rural/urban land cover
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Workforce employed in Agriculture ()
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Percentage of the 2001 population aged 65

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Average Household Income 2002 ()
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Main Rural Trends
  • Agriculture only 0.8 of national economy but
    growing importance of farming in managing the
    environment
  • Population shift from city to countryside ageing
    rural population
  • Rural/urban convergence lifestyles, economic
    activity, population turnover
  • Structural economic problems in areas where
    agriculture is of above-average economic
    importance

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Main Policy Responses
  • Rural development strategy must be cross-sectoral
    and address economic, social and environmental
    issues equally
  • Rural proofing mandatory in policy-making
    process
  • Rural/urban equitable access to public services
  • Strong rural evidence base
  • Development led by regional and local authorities
  • Intervention targeted on areas of greatest
    economic need
  • Economic benefit of environmental protection
  • Keeping rural on the agenda in an
    urban-dominated policy environment

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Objective Sustainable Rural Communities
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