Communities and Business

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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‘Avian Flu’ update following further recorded cases – 05/01/17

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The Countryside Alliance is advising all members to remain vigilant regarding the signs of avian influenza after further outbreaks have been recorded including in a ‘backyard flock’ in Carmarthenshire. Details of outbreaks and any resulting further restrictions can be found here. Risks to public health are very low and avain flu does not pose a food…

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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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Parliamentary update – December 2016

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The Countryside Alliance’s political team has sent its popular Parliamentary update to all parliamentarians, letting them know what campaigns we are working hard on as well as drawing their attention to our views on ongoing legislation that affects the countryside. Read the update here parliamentary-update-december-2016. If you have any queries about our work please contact [email protected]

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Countryside Alliance Head of Policy calls for “365 day tourism season” during Commons evidence session

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Yesterday (14 Dec) Countryside Alliance Head of Policy, Sarah Lee, took part in an oral evidence session as part of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry into rural tourism. MPs asked a range of questions to Sarah and representatives from the NFU and CLA on how the Government can support rural…

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CA briefing note on the USO ahead of debate

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The Countryside Alliance has circulated the below briefing note ahead of a backbench business debate on the broadband Universal Service Obligation to be held on Thursday 15 December. The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Government’s commitment to a Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband and the inclusion of this in the Digital Economy Bill. However we believe that…

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Welsh finalists in the 2016 Rural Oscars are announced

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Wales’ finalists in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with businesses from all over Wales going head to head for a national title and a shot at the British title. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working…

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