Rural communities

Scottish council to deliver school meals by drone

17/06/2022

Pupils in remote parts of Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland could soon have their school meals delivered by drone.

Investment in countryside could add over £40bn to economy

27/04/2022

Policies focused on improving the economic and social potential of the countryside could add £43bn to the UK economy, report finds.

Rural health services need ‘levelling up’, MPs say

01/02/2022

Rural local authorities spend a disproportionately higher share of their budget on providing social care than their urban counterparts, MPs warn.

Short term holiday rentals ‘crippling’ rural communities, warns charity

13/01/2022

There has been a 1,000% increase in the number of homes listed for short term lets in the past six years, a charity has warned today.

‘Shameful inequities’ driving the young out of the countryside

13/10/2021

Young people are abandoning rural communities due to a lack of public transport and affordable housing despite the Government’s much-vaunted ‘levelling up’ agenda, a countryside charity has warned.

Council chiefs warn rural communities risk missing out on vital services

31/08/2021

Rural areas are at risk of missing out on vital services due to a surge in the number of barns being converted into homes, local authority leaders have warned.

Over two million young people ‘overlooked’ in COVID recovery

26/08/2021

The over two million young people living in rural areas are being overlooked in the post-pandemic recovery, a new report has warned.

Rural communities 'overlooked' in levelling-up funding, report finds

04/08/2021

The allocation of levelling up funding is 'overlooking' rural communities, a report has claimed today.

Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

Government announces £22m rural broadband investment

14/09/2020

Over £22m of funding is being invested into the Government’s broadband voucher scheme to boost broadband speeds in rural English shires and counties.

Rural councils join forces to tackle climate change

25/06/2020

A coalition of 21 rural councils, in partnership with UK100, have launched the Countryside Climate Network this week.

Councils ‘best placed’ to understand digital needs of local areas

18/09/2019

The Local Government Association says councils have a central role to play in making sure people in rural areas have access to the fastest broadband services.

Cyclists demand access to rural footpaths

20/08/2019

British cyclists are calling for a reform of England’s rights of way legislation to allow bikes onto country footpaths – a call resisted by walkers.

Rural councils call for end to 'systemic bias' in public finance

22/07/2019

The Government has been urged to end 'systemic bias' when allocating public funding by a new coalition of council chiefs and MPs.

Elderly people in rural communities have less social care provision, report warns

19/07/2019

The way adult social care is funded has led to deep inequalities in provision, the Salvation Army has warned.

Domestic abuse victims in rural areas ‘failed’ by system

17/07/2019

Victims of domestic abuse living in the countryside are ‘isolated, unsupported and unprotected’ a damning report has warned today.

Council chiefs call for devolution to rural communities after Brexit

04/07/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to devolve more powers to rural areas in the event that Britain leaves the European Union.

Bus users outline plan to reverse rural decline

13/06/2019

A group representing bus users across the UK has published a 10-point plan to reverse the decline in rural services.

No such thing as a ‘rural transport problem’, report concludes

03/05/2019

It is ‘very easy’ to provide high quality public transport to rural communities, a study comparing approaches to transport in four countries has concluded.

Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

29/04/2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, committee says.

Rural housing crisis ‘forgotten’ by Whitehall

25/01/2019

It would take 130 years to build enough new homes for people on waiting lists in rural areas at the current rate of housebuilding, campaigners have warned.

Rural business ‘stifled’ by planning system, warn landowners

19/04/2018

Delays by local authority planning departments are viewed as a ‘barrier’ to economic growth and development in rural areas, survey reveals.

Potholes ‘cutting off’ rural communities, insurer warns

16/04/2018

The deteriorating rural road network is in danger of cutting off countryside communities, rural insurer warns.

Inquiry launched into rural social mobility

29/03/2018

A new inquiry on social mobility in rural areas has been launched in a bid to determine what opportunities are available to young people in counties.

Whitehall ‘failing’ rural communities, committee warns

22/03/2018

The Government has slashed department resources dedicated to promoting the needs of rural communities, select committee finds.

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