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BETTER DEAL IS URGED OVER RURAL JOBS AND SERVICES


10:30 - 30 January 2003

 Rural campaigners lobbied the Government's "rural tsar" today to get a
better deal for jobs or services.

Alf Oliver, Leicestershire arable and livestock farmer, was part of a group
meeting Lord Haskins, who is conducting a review on how the Government
delivers services. As part of the review, Lord Haskins is spending two days
in the East Midlands, meeting local people and organisations.

Campaigners told Lord Haskins how rural businesses and jobs were suffering
because Defra was not able to deliver the right services. They said they
were being told to diversify their businesses to make money but Government
red tape was stopping them from doing so.

CLA regional director Bruce Wilson-North was with Mr Oliver at the meeting
in Newark.

He said: "We voiced the frustration of rural businesses and communities over
their experiences of dealing with Government. Rural businesses and farmers
seeking to diversify too often find trying to access Government-administered
help and funding complex, baffling and bureaucratic."