MASSIVE budget cuts threaten Defra's ability to respond to future emergencies, MPs have warned.
CHANCELLOR George Osborne has admitted that Whitehall funding formulas give rural areas a raw deal.
MORE than 25 MPs attended parliament to present petitions calling on the government to grant fairer funding for rural areas.
MORE than 100 petitions calling for fairer rural funding have been presented by MPs to the government.
THE government is asking how best to spend almost £20bn that will help shape the countryside over the next seven years.
THE campaign for fairer rural funding is being stepped up after the government dismissed any imbalance between urban and rural areas.
THE government has rejected claims that rural local authorities get a raw deal compared to urban areas.
MPs press the case for a fairer funding settlement for rural local authorities during a House of Commons debate.
MPs are to debate the issue of local authority funding.
RURAL residents have just one week left to get behind calls for a fairer rural funding deal for countryside communities.
DEFRA secretary Owen Paterson has urged local authorities and other service providers to source more food locally.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson is to address rural local authority leaders at a major conference.