LOCAL authority leaders have given a cautious welcome to measures outlined in the government's Autumn Statement.
CAMPAIGNERS remain concerned about the future for rural Post Offices - despite a £20m programme.
A RURAL wireless broadband supplier is marking its second anniversary with a ten-fold extension in its coverage.
THE government has unveiled £640m in additional funding to completet the modernisation of the Post Office network.
Faster broadband speeds will boost the rural economy by £4.6bn a year, reveals a government-commissioned report.
RURAL communities continue to feel public sector cutbacks – despite signs of economic recovery, warns the latest State of Rural Public Services report.
COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have welcomed an Ofcom pledge to improve rural mobile phone coverage.
Motorists in 10 more rural areas could see a reduction in fuel duty – if Brussels grants permission.
A new approach to reducing rural crime and targeting criminality has been launched across north Hampshire.
PROPOSALS to withdraw a number of rural bus services around Dorset are being altered following a public consultation.
LOCAL authorities are being urged to complete a survey about schemes that lends mopeds to rural people who need to access employment, education and training.
DARKER nights and economic uncertainty are a recipe for an increase in rural crime, business leaders have warned.
RURAL health issues were at the forefront of the debate during a national conference on Friday (18 October).
THE government has agreed to meet with campaigners calling for a fairer deal for rural local authorities.
RURAL GPs have warned of a looming crisis if attempts to attract medical graduates to become family doctors continue to have limited success.
THE deadline is imminent for councillors and residents to sign a petition demanding fairer funding for rural communities.
KENT police have formed a new team of officers to focus specifically on policing rural areas.
CAMPAIGNERS have called for a government review after MPs branded its superfast rural broadband rollout a shambles.
MPs have criticised the way the government is rolling out superfast broadband to rural communities and businesses.
A SMALL village has become the first rural community to benefit from a multi-million pound Superfast Lancashire project.
THE government is testing a system of mobile phone alerts used to inform rural residents about major emergencies.
THE Labour Party has pledged an extra £75m to bring faster broadband to the countryside.
RURAL mobile phone users are much more likely to suffer failed calls, reveals a survey.
GOVERNMENT cuts and rising workloads mean rural doctors and GP surgeries could disappear, an MP has warned.
TWO small rural communities are benefiting from high speed broadband – three months ahead of schedule.
ENGLAND'S ageing rural population is set to put huge pressure on health and social care services, says a report.
POLICE and volunteers highlighted the dangers of rural roads to coincide with a European wide speed enforcement campaign from 19-25 August.
RURAL motorists could benefit from lower costs under government plans to extend its fuel rebate scheme for remote areas.
A WIDENING gulf in broadband speeds between town and country is leaving rural communities languishing behind their urban counterparts.
FASTER broadband in rural areas would give a bigger boost to the economy than other key innovations, suggests a survey.
PUBLIC services face the axe under government plans to increase the penalty which sees rural residents pay more yet receive less in return.
RURAL crime is set to be more intensely targeted following a national conference in Leicestershire.
A RURAL district council which launched a "dead pheasant" campaign to promote recycling has been shortlisted for a national award.
MUCH more must be done if Defra is to achieve its target of a fair deal for rural businesses and communities, MPs have warned.
AN influential committee of MPs is calling for evidence on passenger transport in isolated communities.
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt aims to push ahead with plans to cut funding for rural doctors, it is reported.
A COALITION of MPs in one of England's biggest rural counties has urged the government to release extra money to help bring faster broadband to local communities.
A multi-million pound contract to bring faster broadband to thousands more homes and businesses has been signed by Dorset County Council.
THE government has unveiled a £4.3m package it says will help improve services for local communities.
THE government has unveiled measures to reform the subsidy system for the bus industry.
A GOVERNMENT programme to roll out superfast rural broadband has been criticised by auditors after ministers admitted it would miss its target.
NINE areas are to receive dedicated government support to help them deliver "better services for less" at a local level.
WHITEHALL is denying English communities the public services they deserve, local authority leaders have been told.
MILLIONS of rural homes will have to wait two years longer than planned for faster broadband, the government has finally admitted.
PUBLIC services will bear the brunt of another round of spending cuts, the government has been warned.
THE latest developments in telehealth are among the topics that will be discussed at the second Rural Health Conference.
A NEW approach is needed to help rural school children reach their potential, the government's education watchdog has warned.
POLICE in Cleveland are focusing on rural crime throughout National Neighbourhood Watch Week.
MOTORISTS are being urged to take extra care on rural roads through a series of warning signs placed on vital routes.
The rollout of superfast broadband across rural Britain has been likened to a "train crash" by the government's spending watchdog.