Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

29 July 2019

Below is an RSN review of last week's rural related politics as well as a look forward to the week ahead:

Last week in politics 
(22 July - 28 July)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation to seek views on establishing a consumer advocacy body for the telecoms sector. DCMS states that an advocate body would ‘play a key role in improving consumers’ experience in the telecoms market’ and could ‘improve consumers’ information and boost their market engagement, supporting investment in the rollout of faster, more reliable mobile and broadband technologies across the UK’.

On Tuesday 23, the Transport Committee published its report into the benefits of active travel such as walking or cycling as a mechanism to tackle climate change and public health challenges.  Elsewhere in Parliament, the flags of 50 historic counties were raised to celebrate Historic County Flags Day. The judges were also announced to select winners of the Great British High Street Awards 2019. A panel of 47 judges was chosen to represent those who use and care about the high street, from teenagers, to older people, commercial customers and families. The Great British High Street Awards celebrate the UK’s best and most ambitious high streets, with winners receiving up to £15,000 in prize money.

Also on Tuesday 23, Anne Marie Morris MP asked the Minister for Health what steps the Government is taking to ensure the accessibility of health services in rural areas. She highlighted that some parts of rural Devon are not served by ambulance services and asked the Government to work with the National Centre for Rural Health and Care to ‘expose the real rural healthcare deficit’.

This week in politics (29 July -  04 August)

Parliament has risen for summer recess. It will return on 3 September.


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