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Countryside needs more Government help - poll
Wednesday 13 March

A national opinion poll has found that nearly two thirds of people across the country believe that the Government could do more to help rural communities recover after the foot and mouth outbreak.

The poll, carried out by ICM for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), is being published to coincide with the Government-led "Your Countryside, You're Welcome" campaign

The campaign, designed to bring people back to the countryside following the foot and mouth outbreak, has been welcomed by the CLA and many other rural organisations - but most people believe more needs to be done.

Dorothy Fairburn, regional director for the CLA in Yorkshire, commented: "It is significant that the poll showed little difference in opinion between urban and rural people because that indicates that the public's concern for the countryside remains widespread.

"I think everyone now understands the importance of the rural economy in terms of the national economic well-being and we are appreciative of the support the public has shown rural areas since the outbreak was declared."

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