Rural areas in the South West could miss out on having faster internet access by 2015, despite government plans. The Country Land and Business Association says the process of providing broadband is too bureaucratic and the funding is too slow
People in rural communities are paying too much for fuel and goods in local shops, according to the Office of Fair Trading. The government consumer watchdog talked to residents of Okehampton and Hatherleigh in Devon as part of a nationwide survey.
It found that high prices in shops and filling stations couldn't always be explained by their rural location. The OFT's report also calls for better internet links and favourable tax policies.