A coalition representing England's 57 most sparsely populated rural local authorities, said that further changes to the structure of local government could adversely affect the provision of public services in country communities.
'Public services in the countryside have been historically underfunded because of successive governments' failure to recognise the extra cost of providing them to rural communities.
'Our rural local authorities support parts of the country, which are still fragile after the shock of foot and mouth. More tinkering with local government structures may be a luxury we simple cannot afford.
'Abolishing county councils, which have a long track record of serving rural communities, could also prove a retrograde step.
'We also have real concerns that any regional tier of government will be urban-centric and will be too remote from our most far-flung country communities.
'We will be raising these issues with ministers, and mounting a forceful lobby on the needs of rural communities in parliament.'
The 57 most sparsely populated rural local authorities in the Rural Services Partnership are:
East Riding of Yorkshire
King's Lynn & West Norfolk
Newark and Sherwood
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Shrewsbury & Atcham