The Charter includes measures to improve high speed internet provision in rural areas, keep local services open and secure the future of the farming industry.
The Countryside Charter includes plans to:
Close the gap between urban and rural areas in high speed broadband and internet provision
Protect funding for essential local services and facilities by giving councils the power to double council tax on second homes
Give rural firms the transport infrastructure they need to grow and compete in global markets
Secure the future of the farming industry
Boost rural tourism
Help rural businesses grow and expand by continuing to improve the planning system
Prioritise rural housing
Help young people in rural areas develop their skills
Make rural communities safer
Support our fishing communities
Commenting Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:
“Rural areas play a large part in Britain’s economy with the rural economy worth £210bn. The Liberal Democrats want to unlock this potential so rural areas and the rest of the UK can thrive.
“In order to prosper, rural areas need good local services, appropriate infrastructure and more housing.
“Only the Liberal Democrats will create a stronger economy and fairer society where everyone and every part of the UK can reach its full potential.”