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'Right-to-buy' threat to rural housing supply (6 February 2012)
Government plans to revive tenants’ rights to buy their council house are unlikely to work in rural areas, the government has been told.
Rural communities welcome neighbourhood planning (19 December 2011)
Giving parish and and town councils and local people more say on planning proposals in their area will be good for rural communities, suggests a survey.
Public services in rural communities among worst affected by central government cuts, new report finds (11 November 2011)
The Rural Services Network's second annual report into the state of rural public services shows that reductions in local government budgets will hit rural communities hard leaving many rural residents disadvantaged.
Councils launch campaign to end £160 deficit in funding for countryside residents (24 October 2011)
The Rural Services Network is calling on the government to reduce the deficit in local authority funding for those who live in the countryside.
Rural communities hit by financial "double whammy", new report concludes (5 September 2011)
People living in the countryside are, on average, getting 50% less government grant per head of population to their local councils and paying £100 a year more in council tax than those in cities, and get fewer public services.
Rural communities face being hardest hit by changes to concessionary bus fare scheme (30 November 2010)
Rural people will be hard hit by changes to the way bus operators are reimbursed for allowing over-60s to travel free.
Rural councils face brunt of spending cuts (21 October 2010)
Rural local authorities are likely to be among those hardest hit by cuts in government spending, suggests a survey.
Rural network welcomes 'agenda for change (9 September 2010)
England's biggest rural partnership has called on policy-makers to implement recommendations to help the countryside realise its economic potential.
Rural communities have vital rural role in Cameron's Big Society (6 August 2010)
Countryside contribution must not be overlooked in drive to improve public services.
Rural network teams up with leading property consultancy (1 July 2010)
The Rural Services Network has today announced a ground-breaking strategic partnership arrangement with the world's largest privately owned property consultancy, Knight Frank LLP.
The implications of national funding formulae for rural health and education provision (2 April 2010)
Publication of a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services.
Rural communities face double whammy over services (5 March 2010)
New research demonstrates the vulnerability of rural citizens in the face of looming public spending cuts.
A new agenda for rural Britain (4 January 2010)
The Rural Services Network launches a comprehensive call to action for politicians prior to the General Election.
Major national initiative to tackle rural fuel poverty (9 December 2009)
A major pilot project is being launched this week by the Commission for Rural Communities in partnership with the Rural Services Network.
Rural communities to shape their own manifesto (27 July 2009)
Rural communities are being asked to say what they want from political parties at the 2010 General Election.
Network forms partnership with Birkbeck College (25 May 2009)
The Rural Services Network has formed an academic partnership with Birkbeck College, University of London.
Rural network welcomes affordable housing report (23 July 2008)
The Rural Services Network welcomes the Matthew Taylor Review of Rural Economy and Rural Housing.
Poverty is a real rural issue, say local authorities (16 July 2008)
The Rural Services Network reacts to the latest State of the Countryside report, published by the Commission for Rural Communities.
Councils call for action to sustain rural communities (3 March 2008)
New report follows the biggest ever consultation exercise by the Rural Services Network of rural interest groups.
Axe hangs over rural bus routes (28 November 2007)
Rural bus services are under threat because EU rules treat bus drivers as if they were long distance truckers.
Government must act to end rural tax inequality (21 March 2007)
The government must end the unfairness of high rural council taxes.
Rural communities hit hardest by Post Office closures (9 March 2007)
The closure of rural post offices will have a crippling social and economic impact on rural communities.
Rural residents pay more for fewer services (29 August 2006)
People living in the countryside pay more council tax than people in cities but receive fewer services.
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