Rural Related Politics - A weekly review

07 October 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 
(30 September -  5 October)

On Sunday 30th, at Conservative Party Conference, the Chancellor Sajid Javid announced that the Government will spend £220 million on buses as part of the ‘biggest increase in infrastructure investment by the government that this country has ever seen’. £30m will be spent on improving existing routes and restoring previously cancelled services, and £20m will be spent on developing new ‘on-demand’ bus services to make bus services more flexible.

On Monday 1st, at Conservative Party Conference, the Chancellor Sajid Javid announced £5 billion to support the rollout of full fibre in the hardest to reach areas of the UK. He said that the money will ‘level up areas of our country that feel left out’.

On Thursday 3rd, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan MP was asked about the £5 billion worth of funding for rural broadband in Parliament. Sir Henry Bellingham MP welcomed the recent funding announcement for broadband and mobile connectivity but asked the Minister to confirm if ‘it is actually new money’. Morgan confirmed that it was new money ‘intended to ensure that our rural areas do not lose out in the search for greater connectivity’.

On Friday 4, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs invited local authorities to bid for the latest round of Air Quality Grant funding, with £2 million available for projects to improve air quality.

This week in politics (7 October -  13 October)

On Tuesday 8th, Peers in the House of Lords will debate the Lords Rural Economy Report, Time for a strategy for the rural economy.

The Government will be proroguing Parliament at end of business on Tuesday 8th October.


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