Taking into account the current weather & flooding situation across the country we have decided to postpone the West Midlands Regional Seminar which was supposed to take place this upcoming Monday, 24th of February 2020 at Stafford Borough Council.
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On Tuesday 22, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Under Secretary for Rural Affairs and Biodiversity Lord Gardiner of Kimble appeared in front of the Lords Rural Economy Committee to answer questions on the Government’s plan for the future of the rural economy. An RSN Summary of this session can be viewed here. Elsewhere, MPs considered the impact of cashless transactions in the UK. The DUP’s Jim Shannon MP highlighted that digital services are not always available in rural areas making cashless transactions impossible.
On Wednesday 23, MPs debated the introduction of a town of culture award, separate from the current city of culture award, so that smaller towns could participate and enjoy the benefits of this programme. Elsewhere, Local Growth and High Streets Minister Jake Berry announced the recipients of the Coastal Revival Fund. 23 projects have been awarded up to £50,000 each to restore local community assets and landmarks.
On Thursday 24, Berry also announced that communities can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business as part of the British Improvement Districts Loan Fund.
On Monday 28, oral questions will centre on issues pertaining to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. In the Lords, members will debate home care workers being paid the national living wage for travelling between appointments.
On Tuesday 29, during Treasury Questions, Clive Efford MP will ask about plans for the 2019-2020 Business Rates Relief Scheme to encourage a diversity of businesses on the high street. Also on Tuesday, the Economic Affairs Committee will hear evidence as part of its inquiry into social care funding in England.
On Wednesday 30, the Transport Committee will hear evidence on funding for bus services and reimbursement rates for concessionary fares as part of its ongoing inquiry into the health of bus market. Elsewhere, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Land Value Capture meets to discuss the funding of adult social care.
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