News stories that have been featured on our rsnonline.org.uk website include:
Blue light deal for National Parks
A landmark agreement aims to ensure emergency services cover rural communities in National Parks. The joint accord between National Parks England and the Home Office means communities stand to benefit from improved emergency service communications. It will support the roll-out of the emergency services mobile communications programme while protecting the qualities of National Parks by minimising any adverse environmental impacts.
Rural areas bear brunt of bank closures
Rural areas have borne the brunt of more than 600 bank branch closures over the past year. Parts of south-west England, Scotland and Wales lost the most branches per head of population in the 12 months to April 2016.
Rural Broadband by request only
Faster broadband connections will not be automatically rolled out to isolated rural areas, the government has confirmed. Instead, rural homes and businesses will have to request connections – a process which could involve a four-year wait.