On Tuesday 19, Caroline Flint MP tabled a debate on transport for towns around the UK. Several MPs noted that, in many rural areas, bus services are vital for older people, and public transport provisions must be improved. Elsewhere, the Lords debated the impact of the closure of libraries around England. Lord Ashton of Hyde noted that libraries provide more than just books for communities. They offer internet connection and fulfil roles that are no longer provided by local authorities.
On Thursday 21 the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its report on high streets and town centres: 2030. The report outlines a ‘bold vision’ for the high street, based on locally-led strategies which are developed with local communities and businesses at their centre, and reflect the evolution of commercial and economic patterns. It also states that outdated policies and tax regimes are in need of urgent reform.
On Monday 25 February the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee meets to hear evidence about local authorities’ children’s services. In the House of Lords, Lord Naseby has tabled a debate to review the ‘check, challenge, appeal’ system for business rate appeals.
On Tuesday, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds a pre-appointment hearing with Tony Juniper, the Government’s preferred candidate to be the chair of Natural England. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Post Offices meets to discuss the impact of recent closures on high streets and local businesses.
On Wednesday, the Transport Committee meets to hear evidence on local roads funding and governance.
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