13 September 1999
Minister told to tackle rural poverty

SOME sixty councils are to urge the government to set up a Rural Taskforce to end the “raw deal” for people living in the countryside.

The Rural Services Partnership, a coalition of councils covering some of the most sparsely-populated areas of England, wants economic and social problems tackled.

It is to deliver a letter to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, the minister for the department of the environment, transport and the regions.