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.
AN influential committee of MPs has accused the government of shifting the goalposts so fewer households are recorded as being in fuel poverty.
RURAL residents were able to decide which with community organisations benefited from grants in East Durham.
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 are being further disadvantaged by the allocation of arts funding, say campaigners.
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.
RURAL population census data is under threat following proposals being considered by the Office for National Statistics.
RURAL homes command a significant price premium over urban homes in all regions, reveals the latest research.
RURAL youngsters must not be penalised by plans to impose additional restrictions on novice drivers to improve road safety, say campaigners.
DEFRA has published a step-by-step guide overview of rights introduced to give people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood.
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.
ORGANISATIONS helping rural communities can apply for up to £50,000 in funding from the Prince's Countryside Fund.
RURAL residents who rely on winter heating oil are being urged to place their orders early.
THE government has published an updated compendium of statistics for rural England.
LOCAL groups in East Sussex are set to benefit from thousands of pounds worth of funding.
A LACK of affordable housing is increasing the emotional and financial burden on parents as grown-up children can no longer afford to move out.
AN innovative scheme aims to increase affordable housing by bringing back empty properties into use.
TACKLING rural crime and farm theft has been named as a priority by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.
THE issue of rural housing in a changing and challenging environment is set to be discussed by local authorities and other stakeholders.
THE Rural Services Network is trialling a new service focusing on providing evidence for neighbourhood and community plans.
The government's ‘bedroom tax’ will lead to the break-up of communities already bearing the brunt of benefit cuts, a rural charity has warned.
RURAL theft cost an estimated £42.3m during 2012 across the UK – an annual fall of 19.7%.
PRINCE Charles has unveiled a further £560,000 in grants from the Prince's Countryside Fund.
INNOVATIVE approaches can help deliver more affordable rural housing, peers have been told.
FAILURE to build enough homes will put a colossal strain on the housing market - just when demand is rising, says a report.
SOCIAL isolation is a fact of life for too many elderly people in the countryside, warns a report.
COUNTRYSIDE charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has appointed a new chief executive.
RURAL communities are set to benefit from a new body that will examine the challenges of living in the countryside.
A £15m government fund has opened to applications from rural communities who want to generate their own green power.
LESS than a week remains before a grant scheme deadline to help unpaid carers in Wiltshire.
HOUSE prices rising faster than incomes are forcing people in their thirties to move out of the countryside.
A NEW chief executive is being sought by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) following its restructuring earlier this year.
RURAL youngsters are at a much higher risk behind the wheel than their urban counterparts, reveals a study.
RURAL residents have more savings than their urban neighbours, reveal the latest figures.
RURAL crimefighters could win £1000 by helping to keep countryside communities safe.
A MIXED picture of rural life is painted by the latest statistics published by DEFRA.
THE final share of a £20m funding pot to alleviate homelessness has opened for bids.
Up to £500,000 of new funding has been made available through one of the country's leading rural charities.
The impartiality of the BBC's coverage of rural areas of the UK is to be examined by a special review.
THE rural areas with the best quality of life have been pinpointed by an annual survey of Great Britain.
SHOPS owned and run by local communities reduce rural isolation, says a study by a leading charity.
PARISH and town councils have welcomed a programme to help people develop their own neighbourhood plans.
VITAL repairs are needed to minor roads and rural routes seriously damaged by winter weather, local authorities and business leaders have warned.
SYLVIA Brown, chief executive of the charity Action with Communities in Rural England, is to retire at the end of March.
PRINCE Charles has voiced his concern for rural communities, highlighting the importance of the British countryside.
LOCAL authorities are employing novel ways trying to ease housing problems.
A NEW scheme which aims to curtail rural thefts has been launched by Buckinghamshire County Council.