The CCRI conducted a second survey for Rural Services Network (RSN) and Rural England, which followed up on the survey that was conducted in the summer of 2017 in which rural stakeholders were invited to participate to help shape a new agenda for the countryside.

As the UK prepares to exit the EU and we look ahead at key challenges and opportunities, there is a great deal of discussion about the future of rural areas.  ‘Rural Housing Week’ highlighted rural housing issues, and a core point in current discussions is the basic task of providing homes for people, which is vital to ensure that rural communities and services thrive rather than, as is often the case, just manage to survive.

Housing, its location, quality, accessibility and condition, is something that concerns all of us and was one of the prime concerns highlighted in the 2017 survey.

As per the previous survey, this new survey sought the opinions and experiences of residents of rural areas in England to help Rural England better understand housing issues and to draw together ideas for solutions. The results of the survey will help ensure that politicians and policies are more informed about what really goes on, and what is needed, at the local level across the country.

The survey is now closed and (as at 18th September 2018), the results are in the process of being evaluated.