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NextGov: What rural councils want from the next government

26/06/2024

The chief executive of the Rural Services Network (RSN), Kerry Booth, sets out rural councils' key asks of the next government.

The flaws in ‘Clarkson’s clause’

10/06/2024

Following Jeremy Clarkson-inspired legislative changes around planning permission in rural areas, Kerry Booth, Rural Services Network, shares her concerns.

‘Clarkson's clause’ introduced to cut red tape for farmers

21/05/2024

New planning laws coming into effect today will enable farmers to convert disused agricultural buildings into homes and shops without planning permission.

North Yorkshire aims to build 500 council homes

20/05/2024

North Yorkshire Council has published its first housing strategy, which includes an ambition to build 500 council homes over five years.

Council criticised for punishing rural weeing

30/01/2024

Peeing in the countryside is an act of littering, a Hertfordshire borough council insists.

Rural homelessness up 40%

04/01/2024

Levels of homelessness in rural areas have increased by 40% over the last five years, research by a countryside charity has revealed.

Campaigners warn of ‘silent war’ on bus services

28/11/2023

Bus services have seen a dramatic decline over the past 15 years, with provision decreasing by more than 60% in 80 local authority areas, research reveals.

Demand responsive buses won't fill gap, CCN says

25/10/2023

Three in four large rural councils in England are rolling out demand-responsive transport (DRT) bus services but councils have warned that they are not financially sustainable or a substitute for government bus service subsidies.

County areas behind on EV charging

28/09/2023

The number of publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charge points in England’s county and rural areas lags ‘far behind’ major towns and cities, according to a report.

Rural bus services at ‘historic low’

19/07/2023

One in four bus routes in county and rural areas have vanished over the last decade as passenger numbers dropped to a historic low, according to a new report.

Rooftop solar panels should be fitted as standard, charity says

23/05/2023

The majority of the solar panels required to reach the Government’s net zero targets could be fitted on rooftops and car parks, campaigners say.

Rural councils faced with ‘hidden homelessness’ crisis

17/03/2023

Rural areas are struggling with a homelessness crisis driven by soaring housing costs and a shortfall in local authority funding, a new report claims.

County chiefs call for powers to solve rural workforce crisis

06/02/2023

Council leaders have called for powers to tackle labour squeeze as a new analysis reveals that hundreds of thousands of people have left the rural workforce.

Multi-million-pound contract to speed up Cornwall broadband

20/01/2023

Residents in rural Cornwall are set to benefit from faster broadband after local supplier Wildanet was awarded a £36m contract to roll out new connections.

Satellites trialled in effort to boost broadband

01/12/2022

Rural homes and businesses could see a boost to their broadband connections if a trial to use satellites to deliver high-speed connections is successful.

Council chiefs warn of ‘dental deserts’

03/10/2022

Public health directors have warned the cost-of-living crisis and a lack of NHS dentists in rural areas will lead to more people requiring emergency treatment.

Council welcomes £6.6m broadband deal

29/09/2022

Thousands of rural premises in Teesdale are set to gain access to faster broadband after a multi-million-pound contract was awarded under Project Gigabit.

Rural businesses to receive £110m boost

05/09/2022

Businesses across rural England are set to benefit from a £110m cash injection to boost productivity and create job opportunities in the countryside.

Decarbonisation efforts ‘penalise’ rural households, warns think tank

05/07/2022

The Government has been urged to give rural households who live off the gas grid more time to transition to low carbon heating.

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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