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
MOBILE phone carrier Vodafone has launched a national programme for rural communities to apply for better coverage in "not-spot areas".
A RURAL charity has repeated its call for the government to scrap the so-called bedroom tax in settlements of fewer than 3000 people.
A CHANGE in the way policing is organised and funded is needed so the public are kept safe in the face of further cost cutting, says a report.
A LOCAL broadband project is on track to bring faster internet connections to 97% of West Yorkshire.
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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