Warning from Jim Knight

Imaginative and innovative solutions will be needed to tackle rural disadvantage, rural affairs minister Jim Knight warned last week. Speaking at an Institute for Public Policy Research conference, Knight insisted that the government is committed to achieving social justice in rural areas. DEFRA will aim to actively influence policy and will build a clear evidence base with which to do so, he promised. "My vision is to move this debate into the mainstream and recognise that we are all responsible for tackling disadvantage wherever it occurs," he said.

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