Due to the General Election, the Yorkshire & Humber regional seminar has been postponed from 9th Dec to Wed 15th January at North Yorkshire County Council. Invitations to follow!
On Monday 14, the Queen delivered a speech at the State Opening of Parliament, setting out the Government’s legislative programme for the forthcoming Parliamentary session. Of particular note, the Government outlined ‘Levelling Up’ Opportunity Through Better Infrastructure, Education and Science as a priority area.
On Tuesday 15, the Government introduced the Environment Bill to help ‘ensure that we maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU’. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the new bill, and is seeking written submissions and proposals for amendments to the Bill.
On Monday 21, the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee will take evidence from housing associations and regional housing representatives as part of its inquiry into the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing. The debate on the Queen’s Speech continues and will turn to the NHS. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire will hold its AGM.
On Tuesday 22, the debate on the Queen’s Speech will conclude with a discussion of the economy. In the House of Lords, Peers will debate the impact on rural communities of Barclays Bank's decision to end Post Office cash withdrawal services.
On Wednesday 23, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Community Transport will meet.
On Thursday 24, there will be a general debate on children’s services. Lords will debate neighbourhood services provided by district councils and other local authorities.
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