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Research and Learning

There is a wealth of research and evidence based around the challenges that rural areas face. Here you will find some of the key documents in this area.

  • The How to help people into employment in rural areas guide from IdeA explains the challenges facing local government and its partners when tackling unemployment in rural areas. It gives examples of good practice and suggests how local government can support employment in rural areas, within the national policy and delivery framework.
  • The Manifesto for Rural Communities publication from the Carnegie UK Trust builds upon the vision provided in the previously published Charter for Rural Communities (2007), but acknowledges the accelerating pace of economic and social change. The report sets out some very positive opportunities for rural communities to survive and thrive during what are proving to be turbulent times.
  • The Rural Scotland in Focus Report aims to provide a stimulus for ongoing debate on the future of rural Scotland, and inform dialogue on policy an practice. The report provides a commentary on the challenges and opportunities that present for rural Scotland.
  • The Special Study on Living in Poverty in Rural Areas provides a literature review of poverty in rural areas. The study explores the characteristics of living in poverty in rural areas and how it is similar or different to that of living in poverty in urban areas, and identifies policy options and examples of success/good practice in moving people out of poverty in rural areas.
  • The Scottish Governments The Experience Of Rural Poverty In Scotland Report provides qualitative research to examine whether and how the experience of poverty is distinctive in rural Scotland.
  • This 2010 roundtable meeting summary followed on from Commission for Rural Communities studies on job loss, unemployment and the journey back to work in rural areas. The study concluded that the provision of employment related support services to the rural workless is often inadequate.
  • Barriers to education, employment and training for young people in rural areas- Since the onset of recession in 2008, the number of young people NEET in rural areas has increased from 84,000 to 123,000, or 9.4% to 12.9% of all young people living in rural areas. In this report, the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) has looked at whether there is a rural dimension to the issue. Moreover, we have explored whether there are any rural barriers to education, employment and training for young people in rural areas, in the context of changing Government policy.