THE government's £1.4bn regional growth fund is failing to deliver value for money, says the official financial watchdog.
FORGOTTEN rural communities must be treated more fairly, an MP has warned.
A BILL to establish new arrangements for auditing local bodies was included in the Queen's Speech.
MINISTERS are continuing to seek meetings with 17 rural networks set up as a 'hotline to the heart of government'.
MPs have called for a fairer deal from the government for rural communities.
GOVERNMENT support for rural communities is to be debated by MPs.
THREE new networks have been unveiled to help ensure government policies are rural-friendly.
THE government has unveiled the long-awaited final version of its National Planning Policy Framework.
A £15m project to boost the rural economy will create more than 3,000 jobs and 700 businesses, claims the government.
RURAL communities are unlikely to benefit from the government's latest budget, stakeholders have warned.
DEFRA is recruiting new members to five positions on the department's Civil Society Advisory Board.
THE Liberal Democrats have urged the government to abandon plans to abolish the Commission for Rural Communities.