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.
THE Rural Services Network is continuing to pile on the pressure after a government minister agreed there was "still more to do" to rectify a funding shortfall for rural local authorities.
DEFRA has been urged to establish a special forum to share rural best practice across government.
The UK public have little faith in Westminster to deliver positive change for people living in rural communities, reveals a YouGov survey.
Brussels is set to give the go-ahead for a new rural development programme worth £3.5bn to the English countryside.
MORE opportunities could increase rural employment in England by as much as 6%, the government has claimed.
THE Rural Services Network manifesto calling for a fairer deal for rural England has been featured in the Sunday Times.