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Rural Action Campaign

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Support our agenda to empower communities, protect services and revive the economy in Rural England.

Rural England has suffered a decade of disrespect under Labour.  Local services have been withdrawn and power has been taken away by a remote and arrogant government.

  • 200 fewer rural schools than when Labour came to power
  • 1,400 rural post offices have been lost since 2000
  • 384 police stations closed in the shires in Labour’s first two terms
  • Dramatically widened funding gap between urban and rural areas

We need a Conservative agenda for Rural Action that will:

RESPECT RURAL PEOPLE

  • Give rural communities a voice to decide their own future
  • Respect the rural way of life
  • Only regulate where self-regulation fails
  • Ensure Ministers understand rural concerns through new rural advisory groups
  • Fairer rural funding

EMPOWER RURAL COMMUNITIES

  • Return real power to individuals and communities
  • Give villages the right to build their own affordable homes
  • Scrap top-down housing targets
  • Allow councils to oppose development planned for green belt land

PROTECT RURAL SERVICES

  • Realise the social value of vital rural services like post offices
  • Give parents the power to stop rural schools closing and open new ones
  • Allow rural public services to diversify
  • Pilot new rural transport solutions

REVIVE THE RURAL ECONOMY

  • Cut tax rates for small businesses to encourage growth and protect jobs
  • Allow councils to offer rural business rate discounts
  • Simplify the planning system to improve accountability
  • Reduce the burden of regulation to give businesses more freedom
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