Experts have called for a more holistic approach to rural policy as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

The government has published its latest guidance to assess the effects of its policies on rural areas.

Monday, 27 February 2017 10:41

Government commits to fairer rural funding

The government has underlined its commitment to ensuring that rural local authorities receive a fairer share of public funding.

Monday, 13 February 2017 13:14

Refocus support to boost rural growth

European subsidies should be refocused to unlock wider rural growth after the UK leaves the European Union, says a think tank report.

Parish councils are urging the government to stand firm against developers who “want to ride roughshod” over the wishes of rural communities.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:57

Government's response is a smokescreen

The Rural Services Network has called the Government's response to a Sunday newspaper article "nothing more than a smokescreen designed to mask the real issue facing rural council tax payers".

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 08:44

Defra pledges 'certainty' on Brexit

Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom has pledged to provide certainty for the rural sector as the UK leaves the EU.

THE Rural Services Network has warned the government to ensure that rural communities don't miss out on measures contained in its Autumn Statement.

Monday, 10 October 2016 07:57

Chancellor pledges funding for EU projects

THE government has guaranteed to continue funding rural development projects signed while the UK is still in the European Union.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 06:47

Leadsom wants rural opportunities for all

RURAL people should have the same opportunities as people in cities, Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom has said.

Sunday, 02 October 2016 20:02

Government reviews business rates

THE government has announced a revaluation of business rates – a review it says will ensure fairer bills.

Sunday, 25 September 2016 19:49

Labour pledge to revive rural Britain

Shadow Defra secretary Rachael Maskell has pledged that a future Labour government will revitalise Britain's rural communities.