Our workplan 2011/12
The Commission for Rural Communities carries out its statutory functions of Advice, Advocacy and Watchdog activity through its Chairman, Dr Stuart Burgess, the Commissioners and a small, flexible staff team. CRC’s business plan for 2011-12 can be found here
The Commission has acts as a critical friend to Defra, particularly but not exclusively through its new Rural Communities Policy Unit and has a modest work programme complementary to that of Defra. The Commission has new ways of working and utilises the skills and knowledge of the Chairman and the Commissioners to continue to support and help shape the rural policy agenda.
The Commissioners will engage in particular topic areas and are organised into Reference Groups to provide expert advice and advocacy. These groups are made up as follows:
- Young People
Howard Petch (FE & voluntary sector)
The externally focused reference group members act as steering groups or advisory boards and provide peer review and help shape the RCPU research programme. They also represent the CRC on these topics in public events and by listening to and reflecting back the issues and solutions rural communities are dealing with.
In addition to these reference groups, the Commission has agreed to work on 2 specific priority areas.
The first being a review of the position of young people and opportunities for training and employment. Specifically the Commission will review the position of NEETs (young people Not in Education, employment or training) in rural aware and young people’s access to these opportunities.
The second priority area is to consider the implications for older people living in social isolation in rural areas – the depth and nature of the issue, the concerns and potential solutions.