VITAL local services face further cuts – despite forthcoming rises in council tax.
PRESSURE is mounting over government reforms which threaten to drive up rural business rates.
A SHORTAGE of rural GPs is putting patients' health at risk, says the Rural Services Network.
POLICING in North Dorset is being restructured to better meet rural needs.
A BETTER system is needed to meet the social care needs of elderly rural residents, the Rural Services Network has warned.
A shortage of rural GPs has left rural patients in Lincolnshire waiting four-weeks to see their doctor.
A new agreement means more rural residents will be able to bank at their local post office.
POLICE in one of England's largest counties are appealing for volunteers to help tackle rural crime.
AN urgent adjustment to local government funding is needed to deliver vital rural services, a leading MP has warned.
Rural areas could become "cash deserts" unless a solution is found to a dispute over ATM fees, it has been claimed.
THE government is facing calls to help secure the future of thousands of rural shops.
More than 1000 rural schools are threatened with closure because of government funding cuts, say researchers.