The Government published its Clean Air Strategy on Monday 14 January, setting out plans to combat air pollution by restricting wood burning stoves and open fires. Housing Minister James Brokenshire confirmed funding for more than 50 councils across the country to crack down on rogue landlords. Elsewhere on Monday, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced the winners of the Wolfson Fund. 35 museums and galleries across the country will receive grants of up to £300,000, with over 80 per cent of the money going to museums outside of London to reinvigorate their displays and improve access.
On Tuesday 15, the Prime Minister lost a vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal by a margin of 230 votes – a historic defeat. Her Government did, however, survive a vote of no confidence the following day, by a majority of 19.
On Friday 18, the chair of Natural England, Andrew Sells, retired after five years as the government’s adviser on the natural environment.
On Tuesday 22 January, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Environment Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble will appear in front of the Lords Rural Economy Committee to give evidence. Elsewhere, MPs will debate cashless transactions in Westminster Hall.
On Wednesday, MPs will discuss establishing a Town of Culture Award and on Thursday, the Lords will debate the ability of local authorities to deliver essential services.
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