The government has launched a £320m 'Transformation Challenge Award' it says will help councils transform the way local services are run and put the user first.
For details how local authorities can apply to the fund, which covers the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 - click here
A LOCAL broadband project is on track to bring faster internet connections to 97% of West Yorkshire.
THE next government must recognise the importance of rural businesses to the economy, business leaders have warned.
AN initiative to improve health services in rural communities is being led by the University of Cumbria.
THE contribution of the countryside is undervalued, according to a charity initiated by the Prince of Wales.
AMBULANCES are taking longer to reach people with life-threatening conditions, suggest statistics released by NHS England.
YOUNG people in rural Scotland can face a stark choice - move away or stay and face limited opportunities, finds Brian Wilson.
Are planning reforms breathing new life into rural communities or bringing them into battle over unwanted development? Jessica Sellick Investigates.
Local authorities look to organisational change and new models of service delivery to balance the books, finds Brian Wilson.
PEOPLE are more trusting of local than national government, but does this always translate into wanting local policy decisions? Brian Wilson finds out.
Jessica Sellick examines the national framework for the LEADER method of delivering Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding.
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