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RURAL COMMUNITIES IN LAST DITCH PLEA FOR FAIR DEAL FROM GOVERNMENT

RURAL COMMUNITIES IN LAST DITCH PLEA  FOR FAIR DEAL FROM GOVERNMENT

The controversial proposals which emerged in December have been widely criticised as being unrealistic and that they will cripple councils in rural areas [2].

Rural Services Network chairman Cecilia Motley said: "We plead with Government please do not do this. This is a horrible miscalculation. It will make life for hundreds of thousands of people across all areas of rural England totally insufferable."

Councillor Motley said: "It will hit hardest those most in need of public services. Those in need of care. Those in need of transport. Those in need of support."

Rural areas have complained for many years that they receive less grant and consequently less services than people in urban areas but still have to pay higher council taxes out of a lower average income [3].

Despite this, the Government has in its provisional settlement predicated sharper grant reduction in the countryside - a 31.2% reduction over four years in rural areas compared to a -21.6% reduction in urban areas.

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