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Join our umbrella organisation Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) for the re-launch of the widely-succesful Village SOS project, a £1.4m campaign to inspire people who want to make a real difference in their communities.

This is an all-day event on Saturday 28th February, jampacked with workshops, training and case studies to inspire and teach communities and budding volunteers how to tackle new projects, social enterprises, and innovative ideas.

You can book by calling Chris Cowcher at ACRE on 01285 653477.

A new report has identified a mixed impact of Neighbourhood Planning since the concept's introduction as part of the Government's Localism drive in the last Parliament. It also charts a significant recent rise in new housing in Neighbourhood Planning areas.

A coalition of rural organisations, including RAY's parent organisation Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), has issued a warning that a deal reached between the government and housing associations about plans to extend Right to Buy does not provide sufficient protection for rural communities.

The Rural Services Network, a coalition of 260 member organisations, has published a comprehensive Manifesto for Rural England, calling on the next Government to take on a programme of action which would address the needs of rural communities across all departments and not leave it to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs alone.

Rural Action Yorkshire is ready to help communities across North, South and West Yorkshire to tap into the £9.5m funding pot launched by the Government on May 1 for Neighbourhood Plans.

Pioneering residents who want to shape development in their communities need to jump through hoops before they can get their hands on Government cash incentives, warn rural charities ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and Rural Action Yorkshire.

The Government has published its latest set of proposed technical changes to planning law and regulations and is asking for responses to the proposals as part of a consultation process. The deadline for responses is 11:45pm on Friday 26 September 2014.

The Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the use of Community Rights and whether the legislation behind them is operating effectively. Rural Action Yorkshire is asking for the communities in our area to let us know their thoughts so that we can ensure the rural perspective is heard by this inquiry. The deadline for letting us know your views is Friday 22 August 2014 so that we and our parent organisation ACRE have time to submit a response before the Inquiry deadline of Thursday 4 September.

Over the past few months Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has been developing a Rural Strategy to review the state of rural Yorkshire, highlight potential opportunities and challenges and suggest priority areas for future activity, both for us and for other organisations working in rural Yorkshire. We have been working in partnership with Humber and Wolds RCC to ensure we are able to present issues and ideas that have resonance across the whole of Yorkshire.

This free online training session is aimed at communities already undertaking Neighbourghood Planning or who are interested in Neighbourhood Planning and want to learn more from those who have already pioneered the approach.

Find out more and register for your place via the Locality website.