MILLIONS of people are being left behind by the government's Big Society project, claims a report which calls for a "radical review" of the initiative.
More rural jobs could be created by extending a network of enterprise hubs across the countryside, suggests a report.
LOCAL authority leaders have given a cautious welcome to measures outlined in the government's Autumn Statement.
BUSINESSES across Devon and Somerset are being urged to submit rural grant applications before a deadline early next month.
AN influential committee of MPs has accused the government of shifting the goalposts so fewer households are recorded as being in fuel poverty.
CAMPAIGNERS remain concerned about the future for rural Post Offices - despite a £20m programme.
A RURAL wireless broadband supplier is marking its second anniversary with a ten-fold extension in its coverage.
THE government has unveiled £640m in additional funding to completet the modernisation of the Post Office network.
PUBLIC transport is simply non-existent in much of the countryside. So what is the future for our rural communities?
RURAL residents were able to decide which with community organisations benefited from grants in East Durham.
Faster broadband speeds will boost the rural economy by £4.6bn a year, reveals a government-commissioned report.
A £6m government investment helped England's rural community councils pull in a further £15m, says a report.
A NEW initiative aims to promote community enterprises that improve access to rural services in Scotland.
RURAL communities continue to feel public sector cutbacks – despite signs of economic recovery, warns the latest State of Rural Public Services report.
COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have welcomed an Ofcom pledge to improve rural mobile phone coverage.
Motorists in 10 more rural areas could see a reduction in fuel duty – if Brussels grants permission.
A new approach to reducing rural crime and targeting criminality has been launched across north Hampshire.
PROPOSALS to withdraw a number of rural bus services around Dorset are being altered following a public consultation.
BUILDERS could offset the environmental impact of their developments by paying farmers to create rural wildlife habitats.
LOCAL authorities are being urged to complete a survey about schemes that lends mopeds to rural people who need to access employment, education and training.
RURAL communities are being further disadvantaged by the allocation of arts funding, say campaigners.
MORE than 25 MPs attended parliament to present petitions calling on the government to grant fairer funding for rural areas.
MORE than 100 petitions calling for fairer rural funding have been presented by MPs to the government.
Rural funding in the spotlight again as MPs put the Government under pressure.
ACADEMIC experts and the public are to debate the precarious status of Britain's rural communities.
LINKING rent increases to inflation will help boost affordable house-building, claims the government.
THE government is asking how best to spend almost £20bn that will help shape the countryside over the next seven years.
THE campaign for fairer rural funding is being stepped up after the government dismissed any imbalance between urban and rural areas.
THE government has rejected claims that rural local authorities get a raw deal compared to urban areas.
PEOPLE living in market towns have the highest levels of life satisfaction, suggests new statistics.
DARKER nights and economic uncertainty are a recipe for an increase in rural crime, business leaders have warned.
RURAL population census data is under threat following proposals being considered by the Office for National Statistics.
MPs press the case for a fairer funding settlement for rural local authorities during a House of Commons debate.
The internet is now an essential part of our everyday lives. But is digital technology leaving rural residents behind? Jessica Sellick investigates.
RURAL homes command a significant price premium over urban homes in all regions, reveals the latest research.
RURAL health issues were at the forefront of the debate during a national conference on Friday (18 October).
RENEWABLE energy offers a number of attractive alternatives for rural communities.
COUNTRYSIDE campaigners are divided over proposals that would make it easier to convert agricultural buildings into houses.
Debate in Parliament shows that funding for rural authorities is a thorny issue that has not gone away.
THE government says it is determined to tackle frustration that rural broadband does not match that of city dwellers.
THE government has agreed to meet with campaigners calling for a fairer deal for rural local authorities.
RURAL youngsters must not be penalised by plans to impose additional restrictions on novice drivers to improve road safety, say campaigners.
NEW laws making it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen scrap metal have been welcomed by rural businesses.
RURAL GPs have warned of a looming crisis if attempts to attract medical graduates to become family doctors continue to have limited success.
DEFRA has published a step-by-step guide overview of rights introduced to give people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood.
MPs are to debate the issue of local authority funding.
RURAL women are among those targeted by a £450,000 library scheme to help local people get started in business.
CHANGES aimed at making it easier to build housing in rural towns and villages have met a mixed reaction.
TWO advice guides aim to help rural residents keep warm and reduce their fuel bills this winter.
RURAL communities could benefit from government plans to freeze fuel duty until 2015 – provided it can find the money to do so.