Rural Needs Network Training and Support for Public Authorities

Date published: 07 January 2021

In the Report on the Review of the Implementation of the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 it was recommended that DAERA establishes a Rural Needs Network open to all public authorities listed in the Schedule to the Act for the purposes of facilitating co-operation and the exchange of information between public authorities, promoting best practice across public authorities and providing a forum for Rural Needs Co-ordinators to raise and discuss issues relating to rural needs, including engagement with the rural community sector (Recommendation 22).

It was also recommended that the Rural Needs Network meets formally on a biannual basis and that following its establishment, the network would explore options for networking on an ongoing basis outside of the formal process, including options using technology (Recommendation 23). 

DAERA has accepted both these recommendations and has drawn up these draft Terms of Reference for a Rural Needs Network.

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