Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

5 October 2020

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 
(28 September - 4 October)

From Monday 28th September, people in England were required by law to self-isolate if they tested positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Roads Minister, Baroness Vere (Con) also announced £32 million of government funding to overhaul local transport links in Norwich. Local transport hubs in the Portsmouth region will also receive almost £56 million to revitalise local bus routes. The Government announced a project to up-skill, retrain and enable progression in work for those over 50 which will support workplace retention and support SMEs to improve business productivity. Dr Neil Hudson MP (Con) raised the ongoing issue of rural and wildlife crime in the House of Commons and welcomed the increase in police funding to support local communities.

On Tuesday 29th September, the Prime Minister announced plans to transform the training and skills system, allowing adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification to be offered a free, fully-funded college course.

On Wednesday 30th September, the Government published its consultation response to the proposed changes to publishing house building statistics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP (Con) also delivered a speech to update the public on COVID-19 measures, he noted that there is a rising proportion of tests that are yielding a positive result, and that the rise in cases is not just a result of increased testing. The Government’s Green Homes Grant launched to help homeowners upgrade their homes and save up to £600 a year on their energy bills. Tenants also benefit from the new measures, with a consultation launched on upgrading private rental properties by 2028 as well as new scheme for social housing. Natural England’s new People and Nature Survey has revealed that during April-June 2020, almost nine in 10 adults in England reported that protection of the environment is important to them personally. 

On Thursday 1st October, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson MP (Con) announced extra resources to support delivery of remote education, including 100,000 additional devices and increased peer to peer support for teachers.

On Friday 2nd October, the Prime Minister announced that 40 hospitals will be built by 2030 as part of a package worth £3.7 billion.

On Saturday 3rd October, residents in Liverpool, Halton, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough were instructed not to meet anyone outside their household or bubble in any indoor setting.

This week in politics (5 October - 11 October)
  • On Monday 5th October, there will be oral questions with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. In the House of Lords, there will be a debate on complaints about adult social care following the suspension of all casework due to COVID-19 with Baroness Greengross (CB). There will also be a debate on the impact on primary and secondary school students’ ability to learn, for those who have digital connectivity and who do not, when learning from home with Baroness McDonagh (Lab).
  • On Tuesday 6th October, in the House of Lords, there will be a session on employment and COVID-19 with the Lords Economic Affairs Committee.
  • On Wednesday 7th October, there will be a debate on flooding in Staffordshire. In the House of Lords, there will be a debate on the shortage of social care workers for residential care homes and domiciliary care with Lord Dubs (Lab).
  • On Thursday 8th October, there will be a backbench business debate on planning reform and house building targets in relation to the white paper with Bob Seely MP (Con). In the House of Lords, there will be a debate on the impact of COVID-19 on low-income families with children and support provided by the social security system with Baroness Sherlock (Con).


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