Monday, 07 February 2011 14:56

Watchdog slams court closure plan

GOVERNMENT plans to close more than 100 courts have been branded insensitive to rural needs.

Thursday, 03 February 2011 08:36

Cuts threaten rural bus services

RURAL bus services are being axed due to public spending cuts, campaigners have warned.

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 18:30

Rural test bed for Big Society?

RURAL communities should be a test bed for the government's Big Society approach to improving local services, says a report.

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 18:28

Councils slam funding settlement

THE government has confirmed its funding settlement for local authorities, insisting it offers a fair deal to protect services.

Thursday, 27 January 2011 21:03

Rural England has 'significant role'

THE countryside plays a significant role in the life of the United Kingdom, says a report.

Thursday, 27 January 2011 20:23

'Big Society' lacks clarity - report

MOST councils remain confused by the government's Big Society agenda, reveals a study.

Monday, 24 January 2011 12:32

Inquiry into rural heating oil

THE soaring cost of rural heating oil is to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading, the government has confirmed.

Monday, 24 January 2011 11:17

Watchdog wants cheaper broadband

RURAL areas could receive better value broadband services under proposals by the government's telecoms watchdog.

Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:13

£560m boost for local transport

LOCAL authorities to receive an extra £560m for sustainable transport projects that create economic growth and reduce carbon emissions.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 22:34

Pressure mounts over fuel prices

CALLS are mounting for a cut in fuel duty if the government's proposed ‘price stabiliser’ proves impractical.

Thursday, 06 January 2011 17:10

Boost for rural mobile broadband

NEW measures aim to widen and speed up mobile broadband coverage in the countryside.

Monday, 13 December 2010 16:53

Councils face 4.4% spending cut

LOCAL authorities will see their spending power cut by an average of 4.4% next year - but some will lose as much as 8.9%