19 October 2023 | Skills & People
Rural Commission – update on challenges and opportunities
In 2018, SCDI worked with our members to publish our Rural Commission to make recommendations about how the economic and social potential of rural parts of Scotland could be harnessed to the wider benefit of Scotland.
Since then, whilst some measures have been taken and we welcome new commitments made to put rural areas and their needs more front and centre of policymaking, there is still much to be done. Moreover, whilst the economic opportunity for rural communities (and Scotland) has never been greater, some of the practical barriers to achieving this opportunity have worsened.
Our rural commissioners, regional committees and other members have asked SCDI to update the recommendations or the rural commission. This paper reflects their views, and we are grateful for their time in preparing this report. It sets out our three key priorities areas for action – Development, Housing and Transport – required to enable rural people and businesses achieve their economic potential. We welcome further engagement with government and other stakeholders on its findings and recommendations.
Sara Thiam is Prosper’s Chief Executive
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