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Saturday, 09 October 2010 20:17

Labour shadow cabinet unveiled

WAKEFIELD MP Mary Creagh has been appointed shadow DEFRA secretary by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Thursday, 07 October 2010 18:59

Broadband boost for Cornwall

A £132m project to bring super-fast broadband to Cornwall will transform the county’s rural economy, claims telecom giant BT.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 21:11

'Time has come' for local councils

GRASSROOTS local democracy is at the heart of the government’s Big Society, a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference was told.

Monday, 04 October 2010 21:26

Tories slam Labour's rural record

DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman has accused Labour of neglecting key rural services during its 13 years in government.

Sunday, 03 October 2010 22:38

Big Society: not about cost-cutting

THE government’s Big Society initiative must not be seen as a cost-cutting measure, an up-and-coming rural MP has warned.

Sunday, 03 October 2010 08:45

Sleeping crisis in affordable homes

Analyst and rural expert Robert Bullard investigates the thorny issue of affordable housing.

Sunday, 03 October 2010 07:10

Market town celebrates homes

A £3.7m affordable housing development has been completed in a Cotswold market town, where property prices far exceed the national average.

Thursday, 30 September 2010 00:04

Revealed: depth of rural fuel poverty

RURAL households who face difficulties keeping warm this winter are more likely to suffer poor health, warns a study.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 11:29

Rural network welcomes 'agenda for change'

England's biggest rural partnership has called on policy-makers to implement recommendations to help the countryside realise its economic potential.


Sunday, 26 September 2010 10:05

Right-to-build threshold lowered

THE government has lowered the criteria for rural communities wishing to build their own affordable housing.

Sunday, 26 September 2010 09:52

Secret deal on rural spending

GOVERNMENT ministers have struck a secret deal to slash spending on local communities and rural affairs.

Sunday, 26 September 2010 09:26

No let-up in rural pub closures

ALMOST 900 pubs closed down in rural Britain last year, according to the latest figures.

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