Groups call for greater fairness for rural communities

PUBLISHED: 15:54 24 May 2012

Organisations feel Government policies are ‘too centre-based’.

Organisations have joined forces with the MP for Tiverton and Honiton to call for greater fairness for rural communities in shaping government energy and environmental policy.

Representatives from Calor Gas Ltd, the Countryside Alliance, Action with Communities in Rural England, the Federation of Master Builders and the Rural Services Network met with MP Neil Parish to discuss the key topics.

The key issues raised centred on the shortage of affordable housing, proposed changes to building regulations which were putting small builders out of business as well as the increase and impact of fuel poverty.

Concerns were also raised about the Green Deal, which is due to come into force later this year.

Representatives of these various groups feel the Government is delivering policy that is too centre-based - focusing more on urban areas and neglecting rural communities and development.

The organisation involved in the talks will be working with Mr Parish to address these issues.


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