Deadline for both consultations is 26 September 2016
1. Self Sufficient Local Government: 100% Business Rate Retention
2. Fair Funding Review: Call for evidence on Needs and Redistribution
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SMALL rural businesses are being hit hard by the accelerating rate of bank branch closure programmes, says a report.
UP to 1600 rural pharmacies face the threat of closure due to government funding cuts, it is claimed.
Calls to protect crucial EU funding for projects (Chronicle Live)
Councils demand funding top-up (Public Finance)
Rural economy will be hit if EU funds lost, Leadsom warned (Yorkshire Post)
Is EU waking up to Brexit at last? (Yorkshire Post)
Communities urge government to maintain vital rural funding (The Smallholder)
For many groups, rising housing costs have negated any increase in income they've received. One result is a ballooning Housing Benefit bill, finds Brian Wilson.
What does the government's return to business focused policy-making mean for rural communities? Jessica Sellick investigates.