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On Monday 26, the Government launched its 5G Rural Connected Communities Project. The funding competition will fund 10 5G research and development projects over two years. The winners will trial the benefits of 5G to benefit rural communities. The Government also opened a consultation on proposals to reform development rights to support development of 5G and extend mobile coverage. The plans would see planning laws relaxed so taller mobile masts could be built without the permission of local authorities. Separately, the Government expanded the Future High Streets Fund to cover an additional 50 towns with an extra £325 million made available.
On Thursday 29, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced that the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme has reached over 300 members.
On Tuesday 3, MPs will debate school funding in East Anglia. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will also meet to discuss green energy funding.
On Wednesday 4, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Transport Across the North meets. MPs will debate policing in Staffordshire and the Education Committee will hold an evidence session on school holiday poverty.
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