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Fuel tax rebates ‘a big relief for rural drivers’

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying

The Countryside Alliance is delighted that petrol prices could become more affordable in 17 of the UK’s most rural communities. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today (15 January) that the European Parliament has approved plans for a fuel tax rebate at filling stations in 17 areas across the Scottish Highlands and Argyll…

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Innovative broadband pilots are a good first step

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance (CA) welcomes the Government’s confirmation today (9 February 2015) that seven pilot projects are on track to bring superfast broadband to the most difficult to connect communities in the UK. The Government aims to provide  speeds of 24Mbps to 95% of the UK by 2017 and two million more homes and businesses…

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‘NatWest everywoman Award’ winner encouraging rural businesswomen

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Events and Competitions, Prizes and Competitions

In late 2013 Mandy Scott, Managing Director of AA Flags, the international bespoke flag manufacturers based in County Durham, won the NatWest everywoman rural award, which the Countryside Alliance supports. We have spoken to Mandy about what the experience has meant, how business is going and why other female rural entrepreneurs should put themselves forward…

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Major review of UK digital communications

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

The Countryside Alliance welcomes a major review of the UK’s digital communications markets, announced today (12 March) by Ofcom. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This review is the first in a decade. The Alliance has long been concerned that the current market creates a communications monopoly which is not good for competition…

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CA welcomes Government commitments on broadband and forestry

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the Government’s new commitments on rural broadband and English forestry in the Mid Term Review. The coalition Government has committed to provide universal broadband access across the UK, including rural areas, improve mobile phone coverage and plant a million trees by 2015.  Tim Bonner, Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns said:…

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Brief on Food Labelling

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance provided a background brief on Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling ahead of a Westminster Hall Debate on 17th October 2013 BACKGROUND BRIEF ON MANDATORY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING WESTMINSTER HALL DEBATE Eighth report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee – Contamination of Beef Products, HC 946, 2012-13, and Food Contamination…

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Background brief on Wildlife Crime

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying

The Countryside Alliance provided a brief on wildlife crime ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on 11th October 2013.  Wildlife Crime Third Report of the Environmental Audit Committee 2012 -2013 and Government Response Westminster Hall Thursday 11 October 2013 Introduction The Countryside Alliance was supportive of many of the recommendations made by the Environmental Audit…

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