Ros and the West Dorset Lib Dem team feel that rural areas get a raw deal when it comes to both private and public services.
Ros says: "Many others have for years campaigned against individual issues such as higher fuel prices, lower funding for schools than urban areas, the decline in post offices and village shops. Each of these issues is worthy of a campaign in itself, but if we place them together, as part of a matrix or network of experience for any one individual living in a rural area, then we can see a clear picture of the inequality of access to services that many of us face - as well as deprivation that is in some cases equal to that of deprivation in urban areas."
Ros has worked on a number of campaigns to protect services for us in more rural areas: but believes we need a recognition by national Government of the unique needs of rural areas and the funding to support them. If you feel that rural communities need more support when it comes to access to services such as transport, healthcare, access to education and even broadband read more below. If you agree - sign Ros' petition.
Further details are available in this document.
We the undersigned ask the Government to recognise the so called 'rural penalty' suffered by those who live in the countryside, especially in relation to the higher costs of fuel and energy, and the problems of access to affordable housing, public transport, high speed broadband, health and education facilities and a wide range of other issues which disadvantage the rural resident. We ask for a commitment that all future policy and legislation be 'rural proofed' in relation to equality of access to services and for government to re-calibrate the calculation of the local government finance settlement to rural councils to enable them to redress the under-resourcing of services in relation to urban areas.