SCDI have today published the report of their Rural Commission outlining steps they believe are necessary to unlock more of Scotland’s economic potential. Launched in April 2018, the Rural Commission was established to look at the economy throughout Scotland and consider actions that can help people and businesses in every part of the country.

With 42 recommendations contained in ‘An Economy for All of Scotland – Harnessing Our Potential for Everyone, Everywhere the Commission has looked at what it believes are some of the measures that can allow the right decisions to be made to support investment and strengthen the contribution of people everywhere. The report covers people, place, and productivity, and its recommendations aim to:

  • Understand and Embed the economy of rural Scotland in decision making and provide the right support for different parts of the country.
  • Ensure people have access to housing that is affordable and secure, and more effectively support the development, businesses necessary, to meet that need.
  • Drive infrastructure that can support a transition to a low carbon future and the utilisation of our natural resources, whilst recognising the transport connectivity needs of people throughout the country.
  • Consider the actions government and business can take to strengthen the economy throughout Scotland and look at how they can work together to unlock future growth.