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)
The Government’s Better Broadband Scheme was extended for another year on Tuesday 18. The scheme offers a subsidised broadband connection to anyone unable to access download speeds up to at least 2Mbps and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months. Elsewhere, the Rural Economy Committee met to hear evidence from healthcare professionals on the rural-specific challenges to providing decent healthcare.
On Wednesday 19 the Treasury Committee and the Housing, Government and Local Communities Committee heard from Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and Mike Williams, Director of Business and International Tax at the Treasury, on how business rates affect UK businesses.
Parliament is in recess until January 7.
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