On Tuesday 11 December the Treasury Committee questioned Baroness Tyler of Enfield, a mental health and social mobility spokesperson, and Lord Bird, the editor of the Big Issue, about consumers’ access to financial services. Elsewhere, the Lords Rural Economy Committee asked Jake Berry MP and Lord Henley about Government support for rural areas, including initiatives to support local businesses and affordable rural housing. Later, the Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Committee asked Housing Minister Kit Malthouse how the Government is working to support housing design to meet the needs of an ageing population.
On Thursday 13, following a delay, the Government announced 2019 council funding. The funding package remains to be approved by the House of Commons. Later, MPs debated rural post offices with Derek Thomas MP highlighting the extent of closures across the country and the damage it causes to small communities.
On Monday 17 December the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee hears evidence from retailers as part of its ongoing inquiry into the future of high streets.
On Tuesday 18, the Rural Economy Committee convenes to hear evidence from health care providers and religious organisations. Elsewhere, the Intergeneration Fairness and Provision Committee meets to take evidence from ministers from the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department for Education. Later, Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, gives evidence to the Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee.
On Wednesday in the House of Lords, Lord Lea of Crondall will submit an oral question about requiring banks to maintain a presence on the high street. Parliament will be in recess between Thursday 20 December and Monday 7 January 2019.
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