Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

1 September 2020

Below is an RSN review of last week's rural related politics as well as a look forward to the week ahead:


Last week in politics 
(24 August - 30 August)

On Monday 24th August, the Department for Education announced a new multi-million pound package of funding to boost reception-age children’s early language skills. The £9 million early years ‘catch up’ programme focused on raising outcomes in speaking and language skills among young pupils whose education has been disrupted by COVID-19 at a crucial time for their development.

On Tuesday 25th August, the Government announced a consultation on a new ‘world-leading’ law to clean up the UK’s supply chains, as well as clamp down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests. The legislation proposed would prohibit larger businesses operating in the UK from using products grown on land that was deforested illegally.

On Thursday 27th August, the Government announced that Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman MP (Con) and Local Government Minister Simon Clarke MP (Con) have written to local authorities setting out how they can help boost gigabit broadband rollout and 5G mobile coverage. The Government also published the latest statistics on businesses in rural areas, crime in rural areas, fuel poverty in rural areas, rural population and migration and Statistical Digest of Rural England. Sir Ed Davey MP (LD) was also elected as the new Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, after he secured 63.5 percent of the vote, compared to 36.5 percent secured by Layla Moran MP (LD). Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP (Con) announced that people on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme starting on Tuesday 1st September.

On Friday 28th August, the Government published detailed guidance for schools on contingency planning for areas with local lockdowns in place. Restrictions were also lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire meaning two households can mix again. Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma MP (Con) also unveiled details of how the Green Homes Grant scheme can make installations cheaper.

This week in politics (31 August - 6 September)

On Tuesday 1st September, MPs will return to Parliament after the summer recess. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will host a evidence session on flooding and the Treasury Committee will host an evidence session on tax after COVID-19.

On Wednesday 2nd September, the Treasury Committee will host an oral evidence session on the economic impact of COVID-19. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transport Across the North will hold its inaugural meeting.

On Thursday 3rd September in the House of Lords, there will be an order discussing the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (Remedial) Order 2019 with Baroness Stedman-Scott (Con).

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