From the papers …

Yet more examples of how our district is out-of-tune with both evidence and the electorate:

POLICING
Rural communities lose confidence in police
A new report from the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) estimates that rural crimes are costing communities £800m while a quarter of crimes go unreported due to a lack of confidence in policing and low satisfaction with local forces. The NRCN found 27% of the more than 17,000 people in the countryside it consulted had not reported the las crime of which they had been the victim. This compares with a national rate of 20%. Of these, 44% said calling the police would have been a waste of time, while 43% said that the police could not have done anything. The report is published amid concerns over the impact that reductions in police numbers and budgets will have in more remote areas, as forces face further cuts of between 20 and 40%.
The Times, Page: 4

HEALTH
King’s Fund calls for further NHS funding
The King’s Fund has warned that an extra £8bn of funding promised to the NHS by 2020, a figure put forward by Simon Stevens, will not be enough. The think-tank claims additional emergency funding of about £1bn will be needed if standards of care and access to services are to be maintained.
Financial Times, Page: 4

TAX
Retailers call for rates cut
The Mirror reports that Tesco is among a group of 12 retailers which have signed a letter from the British Retail Consortium calling on George Osborne to cut business rates. The paper says the move reflects growing concern over the Government’s review of business rates, announced in the March Budget.
Daily Mirror, Page: 45