The WLGA Rural Forum, comprised of Wales’ nine rural local authorities call on a greater focus for rural issues to a newly elected Senedd and Welsh Government. Rural Wales is home to a third of the Welsh population who deserve equal consideration and opportunities to thrive.
The WLGA Rural Wales Manifesto makes clear policy asks to develop a holistic approach to economic and community development that complements agglomeration policies across Wales’ more urban areas.
Local Authorities in Wales are ideally placed as delivery agents for social and economic development in rural areas, and the WLGA continues to engage at all levels of government for the financial resources to invest in our rural areas in a post-EU Exit political landscape.
Our Key Asks for a Renewed Rural Economy is outlined in detail in the WLGA Rural Wales Manifesto and accompanying A Rural Vision for Wales document, based on extensive research through a collaboration with Aberystwyth University.
- Diversifying the rural economic base and adopting a circular economy approach to natural rural products.
- A targeted rural youth programme to invest, upskill and retain bright and talented young people in rural communities.
- Adding value to rural infrastructure.
- A sustainable tourism sector that supports local communities, businesses and people.
- Housing to reflect local community needs.
- Smart and thriving Rural Towns.
- Community wealth building and addressing the Missing Middle of the Welsh economy.
For more information contact: Helen Howells