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Monday, 08 February 2016 12:02

Network in last ditch plea on funding

The Rural Services Network is making a last ditch plea to the government to give rural areas a fair deal on funding ahead of a crucial vote in the House of Commons.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:06

Rural areas 'need better broadband'

A new report into broadband access shows the "dire" level of availability in rural areas, says Lib Dem leader Tim Farron.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:07

Rural bus services 'being wiped out'

RURAL bus services are being wiped out as local authorities are forced to slash transport budgets, say campaigners.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:19

Elderly a 'priority' as funding cuts bite

Somerset County Council says it is prioritising the elderly as it considers its first council tax increase for six years amid falling government funding.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:21

Councillor Roger Begy OBE

It is with great sadness and deepest regret we announce that former Rural Services Network chairman Roger Begy OBE has died following a short battle with cancer.

Up to 50 Tory MPs are preparing to vote against the government's proposed funding settlement for rural local authorities.

THE Rural Services Network has told the government it must listen to MPs on the vital issue of rural funding.

Monday, 25 January 2016 13:44

Support rural business, politicians urged

POLITICIANS are being urged to give rural businesses the same opportunities as their urban counterparts.

Monday, 25 January 2016 10:24

The importance of rural volunteers

The social value of volunteering is now finding its way onto the policy agenda. So what does this mean for rural communities? Jessica Sellick investigates.

Friday, 22 January 2016 20:01

'Disastrous' proposals beggar belief

Government plans threaten to leave rural residents facing a hike in council tax and much reduced services.

Rural residents face an unwelcome hike in council tax coupled with much reduced services if the government pushes ahead with a proposed funding settlement for rural communities - despite an increase in the Rural Services Delivery Grant.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016 09:51

Funding settlement is 'fundamentally unfair'

The government's provisional funding settlement is fundamentally unfair for rural communities, the Rural Services Network has warned.

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