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Example Reports

You can view examples of each of our Evidencing Rural Need reports through this page.

All reports are the property of the respective ACRE Network member i.e. an RCC. However if you are an organisation, parish or member of the public interested in reports for your area then please contact, the relevant member nearest to you to find out more and discuss obtaining access to them.

The Evidencing Rural Need Project continues to expand its range of reports. Currently there are SEVEN TYPES of reports available. They cover thousands of different sized rural communities across England from small villages to larger areas such as Parliamentary Consituencies and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). These large area-based reports focus on discrete topics including health, rural deprivation, the rural economy and access to services. The  throusands of very detailed smaller area profiles arew of rural parishes, villages and smaller towns in England.

An example of each report type is shown below:

1. Parish and Place Profiles (smaller area reports)

  • Highly relevant for support for community led and neighbourhood planning – giving quantitative and comparative evidence for small rural communities.
  • Developed for: ‘settlements’ defined by Office for National Statistics), and parishes.

Rural Place Profile – Ropsley, Lincolnshire

Rural Place Profile – High Offley, Staffordshire

2. Rural share of deprivation (larger area reports)

  • Strategic influencing tool – to highlight the volume of rural deprivation locally.
  • Developed at local authority geographies (district, unitary,county), the regions, England as a whole and parliamentary constituencies. 

Rural Share of Deprivation Lancashire

3. Most deprived rural areas (larger area)

  • Strategic influencing and operational tool – highlighting the level, location and characterstics of deprived rural areas.
  • Based on the Government Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) measure and the finer grained estimates developed by OCSI and our member, Norfolk Rural Community Council developed for: LA (district, unitary,county), regions and England, parliamentary constituencies.

 Deprived Rural Areas in Cambridgeshire

4. Rural Economy (larger area)

  • Explores employment and jobs in rural areas including employment rates and jobs by sector and occupation.
  • Sets out the strength of the local economy, including the number, type and size of local business units, and levels of small and large businesses.
  • Highlights levels of unemployment and worklessness in the local rural economy, showing which groups (age and gender) are most likely to be receiving out-of-work benefits.
  • Developed for: LA (district, unitary,county) LEPs and Parliamentary Constituencies.

Rural Economy York North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP

5. Access to Services (larger area)

  • Explores distance to services in rural areas, including key themes such as health and education.
  • Looks at travel times to key services by walking and public transport, highlighting hotspots with the greatest travel times to key services.
  • Highlights rural areas with high proportions of households lacking access to private transport (cars or vans). Breakdowns of car ownership for key equalities groups is also included.
  • Developed for: LA (district, unitary,county) and Parliamentary Constituencies.

 Access to Services Report – Suffolk Coastal

6. Health Profiles (larger area)

  • Quantitive data on health issues for your area – both rural and urban reports.
  • Essential information for Health & Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups and local council public health teams.
  • Robust data to help underpin effective planning, prioritisation and commissioning decissions for heath services.
  • Evidence to inform and strengthen local health services.

Rural Health NHS North East West Devon CCG

7. Who’s there: Workplace and Daytime Profiles (larger area)

  • Data report for targetting services to groups who are actually present in the day (rather than usual evidence on residential populations many of whom are out-commuters.
  • Developed for: LA (district, unitary,county).

 Who’s there: Resident Workplace Shropshire