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MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)

Tory leadership candidates share views on rural issues

Farming UK reports that the Countryside Alliance questioned Conservative leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on the future of rural policy

Hunt promised to ‘fast track’ the delivery of rural broadband and said that rural post offices would be ‘one of the beneficiaries of my pledge to take 90 per cent of high street business rates altogether’. He added that if elected, his Government would ‘place rural society at its heart’.

Johnson pledged more funds to address ‘imbalances that affect rural communities’ and increasing per pupil school funding to help rural schools as well as committing to supporting rural post offices. He continued to say that rural communities will be ‘central to kick starting the British economy’ after Brexit.

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