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Weekly Rural News Digest
Monday, 14 May, 2018
“A rural consultant at your fingertips”

Post office eases bank branch closure pain

14 May 2018
An action plan aims to raise awareness of banking services available at Post Offices to help communities grappling with bank branch closures.


Warning over special education funding

14 May 2018
County councils say they are having to shift “unsustainable” amounts of money to support children with special educational needs.


MPs join call for better rural 4G coverage

11 May 2018
More than 50 MPs have called on the government to do more to improve 4G coverage in rural areas.


Rural communities ready for music day

10 May 2018
Rural communities are being encouraged to participate in Making Music Day, which takes place on Thursday, 21 June.


Community fund for rural east Devon

9 May 2018
Rural communities planning capital building projects or refurbishments in east Devon can apply for financial help from the district council.


‘Perfect storm’ over rural social care costs

8 May 2018
Rural residents are unfairly penalised when it comes to Improved Better Care Funding, MPs have been told by the Rural Services Network.


EARLIER NEWS:

Making more space to connect with nature
Jessica Sellick examines ways policy-makers might reconnect rural communities to nature in light of Defra’s 25-year environment plan.

Call to improve 4G rural mobile coverage
Rural businesses have called on Ofcom to reinforce calls for mobile network operators to improve 4g coverage in the countryside.

Bank branch closures in market towns
Market towns are among those affected by another round of bank branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Community grants for Yorkshire Dales
Rural communities in the Yorkshire Dales are being encouraged to apply for funding to improve local services and and other projects.

Rural residents face social care ‘lottery’
The government’s system of funding social care services is unsustainable and unfair for rural communities, the Rural Services Network has warned.

Prince’s rural fund opens for applications
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is now open for applications to support community led groups and projects in rural areas around the UK.

MP tackles ambulance response times
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart has voiced concern over ambulance response times in rural East Yorkshire.

Affordable homes will help countryside thrive
Rural landowners have welcomed a government policy to increase the building of more affordable homes in the countryside.

‘Bring people together for social benefits’
People should be brought to the centre stage to deliver more environmental and social benefits, says an EU-funded project.

Major survey seeks views on rural crime
Rural residents are being urged to have their say in a major survey investigating the impact on communities of crime in the countryside.

Pressure mounts over rural potholes
The government is facing renewed calls to help fix thousands of potholes following harsh weather which has taken its toll on rural routes.

Planning rules ‘hamper rural development’
Rural businesses still face barriers to housing and economic development in the countryside, say landowners.

Closed courts threaten access to justice
Court closures are putting a strain on police budgets and threaten to undermine rural access to the justice system, warns the Rural Services Network.

Rural crimewave as thefts hit five year peak
Britain’s countryside is in the grip of a crimewave, says rural insurer NFU Mutual as figures reveal a sharp rise in the cost of rural thefts.

Rural issues of global importance – OECD
Rural areas are vital to national economies – both locally and around the world – and should be supported by governments, says the OECD.

Mobile companies ‘abandon rural areas’
Mobile network operators are failing to submit planning applications that could improve coverage in some of the worst served rural areas.

Services best delivered locally, says study
Commissioning local community organisations to deliver services boosts local economies and is better value for money, says a study.

£2m fund to restore rural buildings
A new grant scheme is offering funding for land managers to restore their historic farm buildings

Revealed: Best rural places to live 2018
The UK places with the best rural quality of life are revealed in the latest annual survey by British bank Halifax.

Services best delivered locally, says study
Commissioning local community organisations to deliver services boosts local economies, says a study by Locality.


ABOUT THE RURAL SERVICES NETWORK
The Rural Services Network is a group of over 250 service providers and local authorities working to establish best practice across the spectrum of rural service provision. The network has representation across the range of rural services.


Calor – Our Energy PartnerCalor Gas Ltd is the RSN’s energy partner and the UK’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – a low carbon, low cost energy solution for rural homes and businesses. Calor LPG plays a vital role in meeting the countryside’s diverse energy requirements and is used in thousands of applications across many different sectors. And we don’t just supply LPG; we are continually innovating and investing in new technologies to bring the next generation of energy efficient and renewable appliances to the rural market. Fuelling the British countryside since 1935, we offer unmatched service and customer support. Visit www.calor.co.uk or call 0800 181 4530. Alternatively, email Holly Jago at hjago@calor.co.uk.


FirstFirst is RSN’s public transport partner
First provides bus and rail services linking local communities throughout England. Working in partnership with local authority colleagues, First is at the forefront of innovative local transport solutions to improve mobility, and to provide access to local services and opportunities. First is keen to work with local authorities and other bodies to explore opportunities to grow public transport use. For details of the services we offer, and of our knowledge and expertise in the provision of local bus, express coach, demand responsive transport and local and national rail services, please see our website www.firstgroup.com or email us directly at rural.services@firstgroup.com.

OUR PRIORITIES

The RSN us the national champion for Public Sector Funding, Barriers to Access, Future of Rural Areas and Health & Wellbeing
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FAIRER FUNDING
The RSN is fighting for a fair deal for rural communities to maintain their social and economic viability for the benefit of the nation as a whole
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NETWORKING
The RSN networks between a significant number of rural organisations and rural local authorities across both the public and private sectors
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HOT TOPICS

Public Sector Funding

The RSN demands fairer funding from central government which has historically and systematically underfunded rural areas.


Barriers to Access

The RSN campaigns to help residents overcome multiple barriers to key services – including poor transport and broadband.


Future of Rural Areas

The RSN is challenging threats such as chronic underfunding, population changes and diminishing resources.


Health & Wellbeing

The RSN wants to ensure rural communities have the same access to health care as urban areas.


Vulnerability

Tackling a collection of circumstances which leaves many rural residents vulnerable is a key issue for the RSN.


Housing

The affordability of rural housing to people from a range of ages and backgrounds is key concern for RSN.


Economy

The RSN works to encourage a thriving rural economy to help support rural communities.


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