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 Tuesday 7, the Lords debated devolution, with a specific reference to Yorkshire. Lord Kirkhope asked if the Government had taken rural interests fully into account when considering the devolution process. Responding on behalf of the Government, Lord Bourne assured peers that a ‘localist approach’ has been adopted which recognises the strength of Yorkshire identity.
On Thursday 9, Craig Tracey MP asked what steps the Government is taking to regenerate village halls in rural communities. Dr Thérèse Coffey highlighted the £3 million fund that was announced on 5 April, to award grants to refurbish community buildings.
On Monday 13, the Treasury Select Committee will publish its report into consumers’ access to financial services. Of particular note were warnings about the loss of free ATM machines, bank branch closures, loyalty penalties and a possible new obligatory duty of care for financial service providers.
Also on Monday 13, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will hold an evidence session to scruntinise local government finances and the Spending Review. In the Lords there will be a short debate on the effect of delays to the green paper on social care. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings is holding a meeting with Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP.
On Tuesday 14, the Education Committee will hold an evidence session on the effect of opportunity areas on educational provisions. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for National Parks will meet to discuss the Designated Landscape Review, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the East of England will meet to discuss housing.
On Thursday 16, in the House of Commons Main Chamber there will be a short debate on flooding around the country.
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