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Post Offices extend banking services
A new agreement means more rural residents will be able to bank at their local post office. The deal bring together the Post Office’s existing arrangements with individual banks into a single set of cash and cheque services. The latest agreement covers customers of virtually all UK banks.
Rural People support more homes
Two thirds of rural people support building the new of homes in their local area, says a survey. Some 65% of those who said they live in 'a country village or a farm or home in the countryside' supported new affordable homes being built. In all nine regions of England, support was between 67% and 79%, according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey, carried out by NatCen.
Urgent call to save vital rural services
AN urgent adjustment to local government funding is needed to deliver vital rural services, a leading MP has warned. How to fund local public services is one of the big questions at Westminster, said Somerset MP James Heappey. "Rurality has a cost that hitherto has not fully been included in the funding for schools, policing, health and local government," said Mr Heappey.
More help needed for rural shops
THE government is facing calls to help secure the future of thousands of rural shops. Campaigners say action is needed so 19,128 rural shops can continue to provide essential services. Many village stores double up as the local Post Office for rural customers who would otherwise be isolated. Rural shops are often the only place where customers in their local area can get essential goods and services.
Keep neighbourhood plans watertight
Parish councils are urging the government to stand firm against developers who “want to ride roughshod” over the wishes of rural communities. It comes after developers challenged a government move to strengthen neighbourhood plans in areas where the local authority does not have a five year housing land supply.