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Countryside Alliance responds to Autumn statement

| Communities and Business, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has found much in the Government’s Autumn Statement to welcome and many of the policies announced have the potential to create real benefits for rural communities. In particular, the Countryside Alliance welcome the Government’s commitment to invest £1 billion in superfast broadband by 2020, rural rate relief, and the creation of a…

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Countryside Alliance speaks to Daily Telegraph about what the countryside will look like in 50 years

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance, Sarah Lee, has spoken to the Daily Telegraph about what she thinks the countryside will look like in 50 years. Sarah was one of five experts asked for views. To read the article in full, please follow this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/0/will-our-countryside-still-look-like-this-in-50-years-five-exper/ She expressed concern that unless action is taken rural…

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Rural Oscars categories and criteria

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming

The Rural Oscars are closed to nominations for 2016, but we are happy to let retailers and customers know exactly what we are looking for in this competition and what we really need to know about each business in order to judge them fairly. Below are the guidelines that the national judging panel works to. These are…

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The Countryside Alliance in the Daily Mail on phone coverage

| Communities and Business, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

On Saturday 30th October the Daily Mail reported “Britain’s mobile phone scam: MPs’ report reveals 17million of us have bad signal at home, 525 blackspots and foreign visitors get better reception.” The report by the British Infrastructure Group of MPs, chaired by Grant Shapps MP, was a sorry tale, and the article quoted the Countryside…

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CA brief on superfast broadband rollout

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance briefed on the rollout of superfast broadband ahead of a Grand Committee in the House of Lords on Thursday 27th October. You can read our brief here. The Digital Economy Bill is currently going through Parliament and the Countryside Alliance is involved as a voice of our membership. Download our brief here: background-note-superfast-broadband-rollout-lord-foster-of-bath…

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Join Ofcom’s first crowdsourced research project

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Mobile and Broadband

Ofcom (The independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) has launched its first mobile research app – a new tool which will gather valuable information about mobile coverage, reliability of voice calls, mobile broadband performance and users’ experiences and habits. Ofcom’s press release is published below and the Countryside Alliance urges users to…

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Countryside Alliance appears before Public Bill Committee

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Mobile and Broadband

This week (11th October) the Countryside Alliance’s Head of Political Department James Legge appeared before the Public Bill Committee (see from 10.30am on this transcript) to give evidence to MPs about the Digital Economy Bill which is currently making its way towards the Statute Book. James appeared alongside Peter Moorey of consumer group “Which?” and both…

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Our brief on UK tourism and Brexit

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions

The Countryside Alliance’s political team has prepared the enclosed briefing ahead of a Westminster Hall Debate on “Potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on UK tourism” (Nigel Huddleston, Conservative, Mid Worcestershire) on Wednesday 12 October, 16:30-17:30. Tourism in rural areas has huge potential not only to underpin local economies but also the national economy,…

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The CA’s Conservative Conference debate about the BBC

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

On 4th October 2016 the Western Morning News published a report from the Countryside Alliance’s fringe debate, held at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on 3rd October. In “BBC ‘squeamish’ about nature, claim rural campaigners”, the paper reported that “MPs and rural campaigners have accused the BBC of “underserving” the countryside and being “squeamish”…

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