Media Release: Manifesto for rural Scotland launched


SCOTTISH Rural Action, the organisation responsible for organising the Scottish Rural Parliament, have launched their full manifesto for rural Scotland at their Annual General Meeting, which took place in Perth on Friday 9th December 2016.

The manifesto was originally released in draft form in September 2016, prior to the second meeting of the Scottish Rural Parliament in Brechin, Angus, where delegates had the opportunity to propose amendments to the wording, and additions to the content of the manifesto, before it was overwhelmingly agreed on by those in attendance at the Rural Parliament.

Amanda Burgauer, chair of Scottish Rural Action, said: “The manifesto is a statement of the collective views of people from across our country, informed directly by more than 1,500 people from both accessible and remote rural areas, as well as a distillation of contributions from a wide-range of other sources.

“There is no time limit on this manifesto, and we anticipate many of the calls to action and statements within will be relevant for many years to come, whereas others will be quicker to progress.”

The manifesto is divided into 19 different areas, including Arts & Culture, Education and Tourism.

From these, five key areas were prioritised at the Rural Parliament, which Scottish Rural Action will take forward and campaign on over the next two years.

These five areas are Digital Connectivity, Land, Business, Transport and Democracy & Governance.

The manifesto can be read in full, by going to

Printed copies are also available by emailing


Notes to editor:

About Scottish Rural Action

Scottish Rural Action is a non-profit organisation which organises the Scottish Rural Parliament and aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland, by stimulating the development of a rural movement. It is funded predominantly by the Scottish Government but remains independent with a board of directors elected by the membership.

About the Scottish Rural Parliament

The Scottish Rural Parliament brings together community people and decision-makers from public bodies, NGOs and private bodies, with the aim of improving rural policy and finding better ways of providing services. It also follows in the footsteps of other European countries where rural parliaments have been established for over 20 years and provides a link to this network through the European Rural Parliament which took place late last year.

The inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament took place in Oban in November 2014 and ended with a call for action to achieve a more empowered, connected and sustainable rural Scotland.

And delegates agreed to ask the Scottish Government to commit to a national conversation on local democratic renewal as a first step towards radical reform of local government that will bring power much closer to communities.

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