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The Rural Impacts Stakeholder Forum (RISF) was established in March 2020 to enable open and regular dialogue between key rural stakeholder organisations and Defra on the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities and businesses.
Members of the Forum meet with Defra officials on a weekly basis, with Lord Gardiner, the Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity in attendance when his diary permits, and are as follows:
The 17th of July meeting was hosted by Defra and attended by officials from DCMS, ACRE (Richard Quallington), CLA (Charles Trotman), CPRE (Daniel Carey-Dawes), Plunkett Foundation (James Alcock), NFU (Amy Cobbett), Rural Coalition (Margaret Clark), Rural Services Network (Graham Biggs).
PM statement on coronavirus: 17 July 2020
COVID-19 contain framework: a guide for local decision-makers
Local authority powers to impose restrictions under coronavirus regulations
Paper – Digital Skills & Inclusion Policy Update
Action – Defra and DCMS to consider how to use the spending review to take a more joined up approach to digital skills and connectivity in rural areas.
Action – Defra to consider the whether there would be any impact on timing and access to 5G in rural areas from the decisions around Huawei.
Action – DCMS and Stakeholders to suggest new members, to represent rural interests, on the Digital Skills Partnership Board.
Action – Rural Communities Team (Defra) to produce a digital (skills and connectivity) action note with DCMS.
Action – Secretariat to consider the following items for the RISF forward look: CSR, rural proofing, devolution agenda.
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