RURAL communities get an unfair deal from the way the government funds local authorities, an independent commission has been told.
A £200m government fund aims to protect the countryside from development by making it easier to build on brownfield sites.
One third of rural mobile phone users say they are dissatisfied with the service they receive.
MORE than 21,800 homes in Northamptonshire can now get faster fibre broadband thanks to a project led by the county council.
THE government has unveiled plans it says will help revive Britain's high streets and market towns.
COUNCILS should prioritise development on brownfield sites – and defend the countryside against urban sprawl, a government minister has warned.
RURAL theft cost the UK economy £44.5m last year, reveal statistics which show a rise of 5.2% on 2012.
THE government's superfast broadband rollout has now reached more than 1m premises – but isolated areas are still proving harder to reach.
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