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Our Rural Future - Background Information

Background Information

The " Speak Up for Rural Scotland" consultation paper set out the Rural Development Council's views on what matters for the rural economy. In issuing the paper for consultation, we provided communities; businesses; individuals and organisations with the opportunity to comment on the priority issues and step changes identified by the Council.

The consultation period ran from 2 August to 25 October 2010. Around 140 responses were received. If you would like to find out more about what mattered most to the respondents, you can view all of the responses to the consultation where permission was given to publish.

The responses have now been analysed and the following key themes emerged: Infrastructure; Land Use; Community Participation; Community Enterprise; Business and Skills. You can read more about the results of the consultation in the Analysis Report which was published on 12 January 2011.

Further Information

If you are interested in accessing factual information about rural Scotland, you may be interested in reading the evidence reports commissioned by the Scottish Government to inform the development of the "Speak Up" consultation document. The evidence reports were published to coincide with the launch of the consultation paper in August 2010 and can be viewed below:

Another factual publication which you may find useful is " Rural Scotland: Key Facts" which is published annually by Scottish Government. This draws together a range of key facts relating to rural Scotland, compared with the rest of Scotland. The most recent edition was September 2010.