Nearly thirty County and District councils with sparse rural communities which were this week awarded funding to help deliver services in their rural areas have now been advised that they will receive nothing.

Local government minister Brandon Lewis announced £8.5m funding for 113 councils as part of the final local government settlement, but data issued on Monday was reissued on Tuesday with changed allocations for every council on the list.

Twenty nine authorities informed of the grant on Monday were told on Tuesday they would get nothing, while six new authorities have been added to the list. Of those remaining on the list, some have lost 90% of the original grant allocation while others have seen their grant more than quadruple.

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