Communities and Business

The Rural Oscars go to……

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News

On 22nd March 2017 the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, were handed out by the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom MP at a Parliamentary reception.  Businesses from across England and Wales, who had already won their regional title, came to Westminster to find out if they had taken the national title. Shortly after the…

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Minister supports calls for extending country of origin labelling

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On Tuesday 14 March MPs debated the future of food labelling in a Westminster Hall Debate led by Julian Sturdy MP (Conservative, York Outer). The Countryside Alliance has campaigned for better food labelling for many years, including our ‘Honest, Fair, Simple’ campaign which we launched in 2011, and worked closely with Julian and his office…

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Spring 2017 membership magazine now online

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Membership, Membership News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2017 magazine is now online. Below is the Editor’s welcome letter outlining the content: Download now 2017 is something of a numbers game. Fresh from celebrating 350 years of the Cottesmore Hunt (p44) we now move on to the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust’s silver anniversary (p36) which will  see a series of…

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Countryside Alliance calls for immediate solutions to rural broadband woes as it labels proposed BT Openreach separation a distraction

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Today (March 10) Ofcom announced that BT has agreed to separate legally from Openreach. Openreach will become a distinct company with its own staff, management, purpose and strategy. The legal separation of BT and Openreach must not distract us all from the rollout of broadband to those communities which are receiving a poor level of…

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Chancellor must support rural businesses in the Budget

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Last November we welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement in the autumn statement that the threshold for small business rate relief would be doubled from £6,000 to £12,000 from April this year. Unfortunately, however, it is now clear that the benefits of the increased threshold will be far outweighed by revaluation…

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Countryside Alliance calls for local authorities to get tough on fly- tipping

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The Countryside Alliance has called for local authorities to make waste disposal easier as the latest Defra figures on fly-tipping figures show a 4% rise in incidents. These figures do not accurately reflect the growing problem of fly-tipping on private land as they are not recorded. Farmers and landowners have to bear the brunt of…

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Countryside Alliance says “countryside should play its role” in Digital Strategy

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The Countryside Alliance has called for rural connectivity parity so that the countryside can play its part in the Government’s newly launched Digital Strategy. The Government’s new strategy aims to create an exceptional digital economy “that works for everyone”, and recognises that the UK’s digital sector is world-leading and a major driver of growth and productivity. The…

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the publication of the Government’s White Paper on proposals to improve the housing market in England

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The lack of affordable housing to buy or rent is one of the biggest challenges facing rural communities. Population growth, combined with migration from urban areas, has seen the rural population grow by 800,000 in the last decade, driving up house prices and pricing many families out of the communities in which they work and…

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Countryside Alliance calls for VOA to go back to drawing board over punitive rate rises that risk damaging rural businesses

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The Countryside Alliance has called for the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and Government Ministers to go back to the drawing board and reconsider changes to business rates, ear marked for April 2017, that could have damaging consequences for rural businesses. A number of Parliamentarians, rural businesses and local councils have also expressed concerns. Welsh MP,…

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CA20- our beliefs still resonate 20 years on from Hyde Park

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The date of 10th July 1997, the date of the Hyde Park Rally, is generally acknowledged to mark the start of the Countryside Alliance as we know it. An amalgamation of the Countryside Movement, the British Field Sports Society and the Countryside Business Group, the Countryside Alliance celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. While we…

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‘Post Offices are the life blood of the community’ CA responds to Government consultation

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy consultation on the ‘2016 Post Office Network Consultation’. The Countryside Alliance is a campaigning organisation covering the whole of the United Kingdom and works for everyone who loves the countryside and the rural way of life. As…

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