MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
On Tuesday 12, MPs put questions to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Maria Caulfield MP asked what the Government is doing to support rural post offices. A Government representative noted that the Post Office offers financial support to tackle the challenges of running a rural post office.
On Wednesday 13, MPs debated education funding in Cheshire. The need for rurality to be included in the school funding formula was raised by Esther McVey MP, who tabled the debate. Elsewhere, Housing Minister Kit Malthouse announced £9 million to support the locally-led building of 200,000 homes in new garden towns and villages across the UK.
On Thursday 14, MPs debated the impact of Santander bank branch closures on the local community. Brendan O’Hara MP highlighted specific concerns about the impact assessment and its effect on rural communities. Julian Sturdy MP raised the plight of rural communities and businesses that suffer from poor connectivity to Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom during Business of the House. Elsewhere, MPs discussed how to reduce HGV traffic on rural roads.
Next week is a relatively quiet week for rural-related politics.
On Tuesday 19, Caroline Flint MP has tabled a Westminster Hall debate on transport for towns around the UK. In the House of Lords, during oral questions the Lords will debate the impact of the closure of local libraries in England.
On Wednesday 20, during a Westminster Hall debate MPs will discuss the effect of reductions in funding to police, fire and rescue services.
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