MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
Households will soon see their Council Tax bills rise. Despite this, half of all councils plan to cut back on services and say they'll still go into the red.
Three-quarters plan to increase Council Tax by more than 2.5%, close to the 3% maximum without a referendum, the State of Local Government Finance Survey found. It is still being widely expected that this will not be enough and services will be cut as a result of a reduction of funding from Government.
This is particularly concerning for residents of rural local authorities who already pay on average £20.7%* more on their council tax bills than their urban counterparts with current services already at a reduced level to what can be found in urban areas.
*(Figures from the 19/20 Provisional Settlement)
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