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COUNCILS SHOULD HELP RURAL COMMUNITIES BE SELF SUFFICIENT, SAYS REPORT

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More partnership is needed between local and central government and rural communities, so that the communities can ...
More partnership is needed between local and central government and rural communities, so that the communities can become more self sufficient, according to the Carnegie Commission for Rural Development.

Commission chair Diana Britton told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning that rural businesses and communities found it difficult to get investment, because there were too many funding streams, funding is often too short term or, in the case of EU funding, only retrospective.

'What we're looking at is new ways of investing into rural communities so that they can stand on their own feet and do exactly what they would like,' she said. This calls for 'a real partnership between the local authorities, the government, community organisations and community planning.'

Carnegie Commission progress report

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