21 April 2020
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We asked for examples of our rural communities pulling together and have been inundated with responses so far! We feature 10 each week, and this week are pleased to feature 10 more!
We have been heartened to read stories from our rural communities, showing that despite the incredible situation we are living in, communities are coming together in amazing ways, to support each other.  Many of these initiatives were started before the Government introduced the NHS Volunteer Scheme, as communities recognised a need in their local communities.

Read this weeks examples here
Click here for advice from the Local Government Association on working remotely, support on the different types of technology that is available and also how we have found remote working here at RSN! 
RSN contact Government on exit strategy implications for rural communities
Rural Mobile Coverage – The Shared Rural Network
 
PRA urges Chancellor to ensure all ATMs are free to use during lockdown
COVID-19 – Rural business update
 
COVID-19 Rural Communities Pulling together
Government pledges extra £1.6 billion for councils
 
Government announces major package to support online learning
Public urged to re-book UK rural holidays once COVID-19 crisis ends
The 2.6 Challenge - Help save the UK's charities
 
Important information for vulnerable utility customers
Network urges rethink of Coronavirus policing guidelines
Covid-19 and rural
economies

 
COVID-19: Future of rural touring at risk as 1,000 performances cancelled
Rural counties see a spike in COVID-19 cases amid fury over 'Coronavirus holidays'
Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review
RSN Member Insights is the place to discover the statistics that define communities within our membership.  It is regularly updated with new analyses,
In this edition of the 'Spotlight on RSN Member Insights', Dan Worth, our Research and Performance Analyst explores the statistics that point to the potential vulnerabilities that rural communities and residents might be facing in light of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown.
In this edition of Hinterland:
Pressure on council spending, care homes and the virus, the way we’re living now, two rural tourism angles at different ends of the spectrum and some sheep applauding the NHS. Read on...
Our Chief Executive, Graham Biggs represents the organisation on the Defra Rural Stakeholder Impact Forum, and over the last week, we have sent out a survey to Economic Development Contacts within Local Authorities to gather information about specific questions DEFRA have about how the rural economy is working currently and whether measures that have been introduced are working effectively.  This will be sent out this week to contacts in our Rural Services Partnership group. 

We are also linking with the Rural Business Group to gather information from a wide range of Rural Businesses.
It's that time of year again for the annual invoices so look out for these in your emails. If you have any queries or need to send us a Purchase Order Number, please contact dan.worth@sparse.gov.uk

Kindness is all around us – but what part should it play in policy making?

While kindness has a part to play in our everyday lives, when we think about public policy (not just what the strategic direction is, but how we implement it) where does kindness feature?
Jessica Sellick investigates.


- Read the full article here

 



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We are working in extraordinary times at the moment, but we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that, at the Rural Services Network, our staff are all working remotely and are still here to provide services to you.
More here...
The latest edition of the Funding Digest can be viewed here
Looking for funding for your local project or community group? This monthly bulletin includes links to various sources of grant funding that you may be able to access!
Read the latest RSN suggested draft responses for key rural consultations and view the latest Government Consultations that may be relevant to rural communities here
On 1st March 2019, the Rural Services Network launched a campaign calling on the Government to develop a Rural Strategy.
We are asking members to support this call by signing a petition
here

Additional Information:
- Further details about the campaign 
- Supporters of the campaign
- RSN template report 'Time for a Rural Strategy'
- Summary of the 'Rural England – A different place demands a different strategy' event
The Rural Observatory - provides analysis, facts, figures and commentary impacting upon rural communities
Visit the Rural Observatory here
Find out about our campaign for fairer funding for rural areas here
This includes our work on the Local Government Finance 
Settlement
This Rural Bulletin is published by the Rural Services Network and brings you a round up of our existing publications in one place.

If you have any comments on the Rural Bulletin, please contact us here.
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