With the closing date for registrations looming (30 August 2019) book now to attend our National Rural Conference, (in association with the CCRI), in Cheltenham on 3rd & 4th September) here. The keynote speaker for the conference is the Rt Hon Lord Foster of Bath, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy.
On Monday 3 December, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee met to hear evidence from the major high street brands such as House of Fraser, Nandos and Fuller’s on how best to protect the high street in the future.
On Tuesday 4, representatives from schools and colleges told the Lords Rural Economy Committee how schooling and colleges are essential in driving growth and opportunities in rural regions. Later, representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society, Mencap and Versus Arthritis gave evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee about the state of social care funding. Also on Tuesday, Ged Killen MP opened a debate in Parliament about the impact of ATM closures on rural communities. MPs raised the point that 250 ATM machines closed per month during the first half of 2018, disproportionately affecting rural residents and older people.
While the Brexit vote will be the main focus of Parliament this week, on Tuesday 11 December the Commons Treasury Committee meets to scrutinise consumers’ access to financial services. Elsewhere, the Lords Rural Economy Committee hears evidence from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Minister Jake Berry MP. Later, the Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Committee hears evidence from the Minister of State for Housing, Kit Malthouse. In the Lords, the Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee convenes, as does the Economic Affairs Committee with a session on social care funding in England.
On Wednesday 12 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rural Services will hold its AGM.
On Thursday 13, MPs will debate rural post offices in the House of Commons Main Chamber.
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