Our Manifesto

In 2015 the ACRE Network called on the new Government to deliver a fair deal for rural communities in our manifesto.

Our 2015 manifesto urged the Government to improve health, wealth and access for the 10m people who live in the countryside. The manifesto sets out our 12 key asks based on the intelligence ACRE collects from its Network members, who reach 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities. Our asks are listed below and the full manifesto is available on the downloads section of this page.

Health

Health

The ageing population

The ACRE Network calls for:

  1. An urgent review of the criteria for Non-Emergency Patient Transport to address the discrimination faced by rural residents.
  2. The Minimum Practice Income Guarantee for rural surgeries to be reinstated.
Health

Health

Keeping people warm

The ACRE Network calls for:

  1. A review of the rural delivery of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency programme.
  2. A review of the advice and support available for communities who want to set up renewable energy schemes.
Wealth

Wealth

The rural economy

The ACRE Network calls for:

  1. The LEADER programme to benefit as many communities across rural England as possible.
  2. A fair share for rural areas of the funding available to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Wealth

Wealth

Affordable rural housing

The ACRE Network calls for:

  1. Withdrawal of the ‘bedroom tax’ on properties in rural communities with a population of less than 3,000.
  2. A commitment to provide a proportion of affordable housing on all rural developments.
Access

Access

Local services

The ACRE Network calls for:

  1. Investment in alternative broadband solutions for communities not covered by the national roll-out.
  2. Investment in more ‘on the ground’ support for rural communities to develop social enterprise solutions for the services they lack.
Access

Access

Transport

The ACRE Network calls for:

  1. Investment in recruiting and training volunteers, especially younger drivers, for community-led transport schemes.
  2. A review of concessionary bus travel in rural areas to balance the needs of users and providers.