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When it was still part of The Countryside Agency1, the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) agreed some sponsorship funding for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North towards its “A New Rural Agenda” project. The Countryside Agency’s sponsorship funding was for a total of £25,000 over two years:
£ 2005-06 12,500 2006-07 12,500
The purpose of this funding was:
(a) to encourage some fresh thinking about rural issues and policies;
(b) to provide the CRC with opportunities to engage in the debate this project was expected to generate;
(c) to open up opportunities for read-across with CRC work; and
(d) to learn more about the working methods of think tanks which could be of use to the CRC.
1 The Countryside Agency is now part of Natural England.