Tuesday, 19 January 2016 09:51

Funding settlement is 'fundamentally unfair'

The government's provisional funding settlement is fundamentally unfair for rural communities, the Rural Services Network has warned.

Friday, 15 January 2016 06:59

Government slammed over rural funding

MPs have blasted the government's proposed funding settlement for rural areas, describing it as unfair and inadequate.

MPs and rural local authorities have called on the Government to honour a commitment to ensure rural communities receive fairer funding for public services.

Monday, 19 October 2015 12:13

Defra to work more closely with partners

DEFRA plans to build stronger relationships with its partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 19:08

Councils to keep £26bn in business rates

THE government has unveiled plans allowing local councils to retain £26bn of revenue from business rates.

Sunday, 20 September 2015 20:35

Rural-proofing response 'this autumn'

A long-awaited response is expected this autumn to a major report examining the impact of government policies on rural communities.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 19:30

Minister: More to be done on funding

MORE must be done to narrow the gap in spending power between rural and urban local authorities, the government has conceded.

Friday, 11 September 2015 09:38

MPs secure pledge on business rates

THE government has promised MPs it will take "full account" of the rural impact as it reviews business rates.

Monday, 10 August 2015 07:27

Rural discussion paper published

THE government has published a discussion paper examining the future of rural communities.

Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:51

MPs to scrutinise Defra on rural issues

TEN MPs have been appointed to a committee that will scrutinise the government's work on rural issues.

Monday, 15 June 2015 00:51

Defra mulls options on budget cuts

Defra minister George Eustice says his department is "considering the options" after being told to slash £83m in spending.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:46

Neil Parish to chair EFRA committee

Devon MP Neil Parish has been elected chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.