What we do
SRUC's Rural Policy Centre is the Scotland Convenor of the UK Rural Policy and Practitioner's Group (UKRPPG).
The group meets approximately twice a year but contact is maintained informally between members outside meetings, in order to exchange ideas and information about ongoing work and relevant policy developments across the UK.
Meeting: December 2015
In December 2015, Ellie Brodie, RPC Manager, met with members of the UKRPPG to share ideas and information about rural policy and research across the UK, and then presented at a meeting of Rural England on land reform in Scotland, specifically about the findings from the SRUC-Ipsos Mori evaluation of the Community Right to Buy in Scotland.
Professor Janet Dwyer of CCRI presented on the value of community initiatives in England and Paul Milborne from the University of Cardiff on austerity and older people in Wales. The Rural England representatives were very interested in the nature and volume of policy and initiatives affecting rural Scotland which are not mirrored in the other UK countries – from community empowerment and land reform to the Scottish Rural Parliament and calls for greater local democracy stemming from the Smith Commission report.
Download the presentation: Community Asset Ownership in Scotland
Publication: January 2015
In January 2015, the Group published a policy briefing comparing local government structures and responsibilities in different parts of the UK.
Download 2015: The Structure of Local Government across the UK: Differences and Similarities.
Each member organisation also regularly submits information about their current/future research work on rural policy related issues. This provides a valuable and up-to-date source of information on rural research and policy work from across the UK.
Download the latest research update.
If you would like to join the group or find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.