RURAL leaders have given a mixed reaction to the government's Rural Statement.
THE government has unveiled its long-awaited Rural Statement, outlining its policies for the countryside.
JUNIOR Defra minister David Heath has pledged to work for a fairer deal for Britain's rural communities.
THE new ministerial team at Defra has been urged to revitalise Britain's ailing rural economy.
STRONGER links between government departments are needed to ensure policies don't discriminate against rural communities, MPs have been told.
ACADEMICS will gather this month for a major conference to debate the future of rural policy.
The government has unveiled proposals to change its funding formula to recognise the additional expense of providing services in rural areas.
THE government's rural statement, originally to be published in late spring, has been postponed until autumn.
A NUMBER of MPs have been made parliamentary patrons of the Rural Fair Share campaign.
THE government says it has no plans to increase the amount of time ministers can be quizzed by MPs on rural issues.
SUPPORTING rural communities is included in three priorities outlined by Defra's Business Plan for 2012-15.
THE government's £1.4bn regional growth fund is failing to deliver value for money, says the official financial watchdog.