THE government has published a discussion paper examining the future of rural communities.
TEN MPs have been appointed to a committee that will scrutinise the government's work on rural issues.
Defra minister George Eustice says his department is "considering the options" after being told to slash £83m in spending.
Devon MP Neil Parish has been elected chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
MPs returning to parliament after the general election have voiced concern for the future of rural services.
The Rural Services Network will press the new government for a fairer deal for rural communities and local authorities.
The Labour Party has unveiled a rural manifesto outlining its policy pledges for the countryside.
THE Liberal Democrats have set out a package of measures they claim will help rural communities thrive.
PLEDGES made by the main political parties ahead of the general election are a mixed bag for rural communities, says the Rural Services Network.
POLITICIANS chasing the rural vote may discover that it has unexpected teeth, says NFU Mutual.
FUNDING is now available for projects that will create thousands of jobs across England, says the government.
A £4m increase in government funding makes little difference to the financial injustice suffered for years by countryside communities, the Rural Services Network has warned.