Rural An unrivalled media platform dedicated to delivering the latest news and views from across all fields of government through an on-going programme of events and interactive online communications Fri, 08 Jun 2012 21:55:23 +0000 Joomla! 1.7 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Water UK responds to 'Drought Prospects 2012' In its Drought Prospects report for the autumn and winter of 2012-13, the Environment Agency (EA) has welcomed the positive aspects of the wettest April on record and the continuing rainfall in early May.

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Revitalise rural economy by providing superfast broadband by 2015 New figures show that six in 10 rural businesses are suffering with the slow speed of their broadband, as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) calls for the majority of the countryside to have access to superfast broadband by 2015 to revitalise the rural economy

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Nineteen areas move out of drought Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has today welcomed the Environment Agency’s decision to move 19 counties out of official drought status

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Defra consultation muddies the water Government proposals which could allow the withdrawal of water abstraction licences without compensation are extremely concerning, the NFU said today

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Lords warns of urgent need to plan for an uncertain future for water resources Europe is not doing enough to protect itself from the threats to water resources in large parts of the continent, says the Lords Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment EU Sub-Committee in its new report, published today

]]> (Scott Buckler) Wed, 02 May 2012 06:07:46 +0000
Drought - Government needs to end the delays over its long-awaited water reforms - Shuker Gavin Shuker MP, Labour’s Shadow Water Minister, commenting on the extension of drought conditions to the South West and Midlands today, said..

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Drought predicted till Christmas Seventeen counties in South West England and the Midlands have moved into official drought status, after two dry winters have left rivers and ground waters depleted

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Drought status confirmed for parts of Yorkshire The Environment Agency has today confirmed that parts of Yorkshire are now officially in drought.The drought conditions apply to catchments of the River Don, the River Rother, the River Hull, and the River Derwent

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Drought spreads to Yorkshire People, farmers and businesses urged to use less water as river levels fall.Parts of Yorkshire have today moved into official drought status after another dry month has left river levels and underground water supplies depleted

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Wildlife drought threat The traditional summer scene of dragonflies skimming over a glistening stream could be a rare sight in parts of England this year as the widespread drought begins to take its toll on the nation’s wildlife

]]> (Scott Buckler) Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:03:31 +0000
Drought warning as water companies call for hosepipe ban Water companies and farmers, as well as businesses and consumers, must take action now to protect water supplies from a prolonged drought, says a new report from the Environment Agency

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£60 million grants to boost rural businesses Businesses in rural England are to benefit from a new £60 million grant scheme that will turn ambitious business plans into reality, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced today

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Water security The government is to stimulate innovation in the UK water industry by funding research and development that will address overseas and UK water security challenges

]]> (Scott Buckler) Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:00:01 +0000
Non-Executive Director appointments to the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) Board Two new non-executive directors, Wendy Barnes and Robin Paynter Bryant, have been appointed to the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) Board.  Both appointments are based on a time commitment of two days per month and receive a remuneration rate of £10,680 per annum

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Save water now to limit the effects of drought says Spelman Everyone must find a way to save water to help limit the effects of drought, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today following a major summit. This came on the same day it was announced that the South East is now officially in drought

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Drought summit needs less talk and more action say WWF Ahead of this week’s drought summit, WWF is calling on the Government to turn the talks into actions, by taking a strong leadership role to implement plans to immediately tackle the UK’s serious current drought situation

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Yorkshire businesses shaping rural policy in first rural roadshow Yorkshire business and community leaders are helping shape Government action to support rural areas today in the first of a series of Rural Roadshows with Defra ministers

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The National Trust bucks economic trends to have bumper December The National Trust has reported a substantial increase in its visitor numbers, and retail and catering sales in December 2011 compared to the previous December, despite a backdrop of challenging economic times and lack of consumer confidence

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Water and sewerage bills to rise in 2012 The average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales is forecast to increase by 5.7%, or about £20. This takes into account a rate of inflation of 5.2%1, and will mean an average bill of £376 in 2012/13

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UK set for showers, hail and snow The UK is due to be hit by wintry showers and hail, possibly with snow in some areas, as cooler weather is predicted

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