The service seeks to establish a data base of information relating to specific subjects threatening rural areas- such as poor broadband and fuel poverty and the data base is updated with the latest media information.
It has been possible to commence this scheme with sponsorship from Calor. Three areas, Fuel Poverty, Rural Local Transport, and Rural Broadband are covered in a monthly newsletters. These newsletters then slowly constitute a library of information on the website.
It would be good to grow some dedicated research capability onto this service and to produce more detailed briefing notes. £12,000 a year would fund a research assistant to give a half day a week to each topic.