On Tuesday 16, the Government published new guidance to help local authorities recognise historic counties as a way to boost community pride. It includes consideration of placing road signs to mark the boundaries of the historic counties, flying county flags whenever possible, designing flags for counties without one and celebrating county days. Elsewhere, Peers in the House of Lords asked the Government what steps they are taking to improve rural bus services. In particular, Peers called for more power to be transferred to local authorities to better improve the delivery of public services.
On Wednesday 17, the Government announced that plans to convert empty shops on high streets in five towns have been launched. The Open Doors project and Meanwhile Space will help fill empty lots and improve the overall look of high streets. MPs debated small and village school funding in the Commons.
On Tuesday 23, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee meets to hear evidence about coastal flooding and adaptation to climate change. In the Lords, Peers will debate including road safety targets for England as part of the Government’s road safety statement. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Post Offices will also meet.
On Wednesday 24, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on local housing allowance and homelessness. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Broadband and Digital Connectivity will also meet.
On Thursday 25, topical questions will be put to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ministers.
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