ACRE Publications

The Rural Challenge 2015

The Rural Challenge 2015 document is an update on the 2010 report issued by the Rural rural challengeCoalition. The Rural Coalition  is made up of 14 national organisations who subscribe to a vision for a living and working countryside. ACRE provides the secretariat for the Rural Coalition.

Lord Robin Teverson, chair of the Coalition, has said that in the build-up to the general election, the Coalition wants to make a case for a healthy and flourishing countryside. The Coalition believes it is time that the contribution of rural areas is formally recognised by integrating rural considerations more effectively, which is why the new Rural that asks the next government to do more to address rural concerns.

Against a backdrop of the increasing cost of public service delivery and numbers of elderly residents, Rural Coalition is also calling for greater coordination of health provisions and improved systems of funding to ensure better access for those in isolated communities.

ACRE guides & position papers

Having up to date and accurate information on topics that can affect rural communities is highly desirable if a community group wants to develop effective evidence for any project in their area. We are able to provide local communities with a wealth of resources to assist their work on a range of topics. Our Community Guides and Position Papers have been developed by national ACRE, in collaboration with an expert or organisation in the relevant field where required, for the RCC network and are FREE to download.

Community Guides

ACRE is developing a new series of Community Guides – each written with an expert organisation in the relevant field. Click on the front page below to access the guide for free.

affordable-warmth guide

 energy-efficiency guide      renewable-energy guide

Policy Position Papers

These policy position papers focus on key areas of our work.

Community Planning

Digital Inclusion

Employment & Economy

Energy & Fuel




Older People

Social Enterprise


Village Halls

Young People



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