Shearsby Parish Council

Protecting, Connecting, Involving and Representing Shearsby

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Clerk: Helen Denton-Stacey
36 Sherrier Way, Lutterworth
Leics LE17 4NW

Tel: 07734 793986

The Rural Bulletin 22nd November

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RSN Autumn Statement Response - Reliance on Council Tax
The Rural Services Network is dismayed with the Autumn Statement released on 17th November where the Chancellor set out plans to allow Councils to increase Council Tax by 5% in 2023/24.
Although all Councils, including those serving rural areas, desperately need additional funding to enable them to provide essential services to support their communities and businesses the reliance on Council Tax is grossly unfair on rural communities.
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1,000 village halls face closure as fuel bills soar

Libraries at risk of cuts despite 'unprecedented' rise in users

Keep it in the Community update 2022 - Plunkett Foundation

RSN featured in MJ on Unfair Rural Funding

Bank branch closures can have devastating impact on rural communities

New Chair of RSN Appointed

North Yorkshire to tackle rise in second homes with council tax premium

Train company restores Post Office services to rural village

Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

RSN Chief Executive was interviewed for the Municipal Journal last week and featured in an article about Funding for Rural Areas. He highlighted his worry for discretionary services in rural areas which are at risk of being lost if the Treasury announces fresh austerity measures in the Autumn Statement without acknowledging its initial plan to improve rural finances eight years ago. Read more at this linkThe RSN completes their exciting 2022 seminar programme with the Rural Economies seminar.
Held on the 30th of November (between 11.00am - 1.00pm) this seminar is already proofing very popular with a large number of bookings already taken.
This event is free to attend to all members and further information and booking details for this seminar can be found hereThis is a reminder that RSN members are able to access the Social Value Engine with a discount of 25% if taken up by 30th November using the code RSN22/25%.
The Social Value Engine is a tool for measuring the social value impact of services and projects.
You can find out more at this link

Levelling Up Rural Britain Debate
Wednesday 9th November saw a Backbench debate in the House of Commons on Levelling Up Rural Britain, introduced by Selaine Saxby MP from North Devon who opened the session by highlighting a number of challenges facing rural areas including a lack of connectivity, lack of school transport, difficulties in accessing health services, public transport and affordable housing, amongst others!
The Rural Services Network provided a briefing note to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services to ensure that Rural MP's understood some of the key issues to be discussed.
Several of the MP's quoted the Rural Services Network research.
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Looking for funding for your local project or community group? Read the latest edition of the Funding Digest here

Read the latest Government Consultations that may be relevant to rural communities here

Member Insights is the place to discover the statistics that define communities within our membershipVisit the Members Insights here

Find out about our campaign for fairer funding for rural areas here
This includes our work on the Local Government Finance Settlement

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2022 10:44 by Helen Denton-Stacey

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