LOCAL authorities face a budget cut of 1.7% per year in real terms over the next five years.
Defra has seen its budget reduced by 15% as part of the government's spending review.
NEW research shows a continued steep decline in council-funded bus services.
A radical shake up is expected to see rural children receive more school funding for their education.
POST offices are central to combating social isolation in the countryside, a rural affairs champion has warned.
NEW mobile technology will boost police visibility in rural communities, says a police and crime commissioner.
A government pledge to bring faster broadband to the countryside must be made reality, say rural leaders.
Outstanding teachers are to be sent into struggling coastal and rural schools, the government has announced.
Everyone will have a legal right to request a 10Mbps broadband speed by 2020, the Prime Minister has pledged.
CHANGES to police funding could see £.9.5m wiped off the budget for one of England's most rural counties.
The BBC has taken significant steps to improve its coverage of rural issues, says the corporation's watchdog.
POOR public transport in rural areas is a "very real concern," a government minister has conceded.