AN influential group of MPs has called for a comprehensive review of national planning policy.
Rural MPs have welcomed revised proposals from the government on local authority funding.
Up to 50 Tory MPs are preparing to vote against the government's proposed funding settlement for rural local authorities.
Government plans threaten to leave rural residents facing a hike in council tax and much reduced services.
The government's provisional funding settlement is fundamentally unfair for rural communities, the Rural Services Network has warned.
MPs have blasted the government's proposed funding settlement for rural areas, describing it as unfair and inadequate.
MPs and rural local authorities have called on the Government to honour a commitment to ensure rural communities receive fairer funding for public services.
DEFRA plans to build stronger relationships with its partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
THE government has unveiled plans allowing local councils to retain £26bn of revenue from business rates.
A long-awaited response is expected this autumn to a major report examining the impact of government policies on rural communities.
MORE must be done to narrow the gap in spending power between rural and urban local authorities, the government has conceded.
THE government has promised MPs it will take "full account" of the rural impact as it reviews business rates.