Local authorities have defended a £2.6bn increase in council reserves, saying it is justified given uncertain funding for services.
RURAL councils across England are adding their weight to a campaign for a fairer government funding deal.
THE government must take action following a warning by MPs that countryside communities are being given a raw deal, says England's biggest rural partnership.
DEFRA has unveiled long-awaited national guidelines to help government departments 'rural-proof' their policies.
THE BBC Trust has appointed Heather Hancock to examine the impartiality of the broadcaster's rural coverage.
Stimulating economic growth is the top priority for the government, MPs have been told.
ALMOST three-quarters of rural voters feel politicians are more interested in city dwellers, suggests a poll.
A "major landmark" for the coalition government will help boost local economic growth, say ministers.
THE Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website has become part of the single GOV.UK domain.
MORE than 30 MPs have demanded a fairer share of government funding for rural local authorities.
RURAL local authorities remain worse off than their urban counterparts – despite an additional £8.5m grant.
THE countryside could be disadvantaged unless the government amends its Growth and Infrastructure Bill, rural business leaders have warned.