A MAJOR rural policy conference is to examine the different demands placed on the countryside.
COUNCILS should prioritise development on brownfield sites – and defend the countryside against urban sprawl, a government minister has warned.
THE next government must recognise the importance of rural businesses to the economy, business leaders have warned.
RURAL communities are continuing to suffer the loss of services and facilities, peers have warned.
INVESTMENT plans contained in the Queen's Speech must also benefit the countryside, rural leaders have warned.
MEASURES contained in the governemnt's budget will help businesses in the countryside, says rural insurer NFU Mutual.
CANDIDATES in this year's European elections are being urged to champion rural issues.
MPs have again called on the government to give rural communities a fairer deal when funding public services.
MASSIVE budget cuts threaten Defra's ability to respond to future emergencies, MPs have warned.
CHANCELLOR George Osborne has admitted that Whitehall funding formulas give rural areas a raw deal.
MORE than 25 MPs attended parliament to present petitions calling on the government to grant fairer funding for rural areas.
MORE than 100 petitions calling for fairer rural funding have been presented by MPs to the government.