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RURAL AREAS GET A POOR DEAL, SAY CAMPAIGNERS

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02/06/05...
02/06/05

Rural residents pay higher council taxes but receive fewer services than their urban counterparts, a campaign group claims.

Sparse, which represents the 50 most rural English councils, said in a manifesto on rural issues that the extra costs of serving communities of scattered villages were not reflected in government grants.

The government had ignored the problem, it complained.

Sparse also called for an end to right-to-buy in areas of housing shortage and a review of rural waste management costs.
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