Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

04 March 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
 (25 February -   1 March)

On Monday 25 February the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee met to hear evidence about local authorities’ children’s services.

On Tuesday 26 Environment Minister Michael Gove hosted ten young green ambassadors who pledged to champion and promote the Year of Green Action. It is part of a year-long effort to connect more people with the environment and raise awareness of how to protect it.

On Wednesday 27, the Transport Committee met to hear evidence on local roads funding and governance. Also on Wednesday, Natural England opened another stretch of the England Coastal Path. The new route stretches 16 miles along the coast from Skegness to Mablethorpe.

On Thursday 28, Agriculture Minister George Eustice resigned his ministerial role in protest at the Prime Minister’s decision to allow MPs to vote on whether to delay article 50, saying it was the ‘final humiliation for our country’.

This week in politics (4 March -  8 March)

On Monday 4 March the Government announced £1.6 billion to fund growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Brexit. The Stronger Towns Fund, launched later in the year, will be targeted at places that ‘have not shared in the proceeds of growth in the same way as more prosperous parts of the country’. It will be used to create jobs, provide training and boost economic activity – communities will also have a say on how and where the money is spent. Also on Monday MPs will question Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire on the work of his department. Later, Liz Twist MP has tabled a debate on school funding.

On Tuesday, MPs will debate investment in regional transport infrastructure in Westminster Hall. Elsewhere, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dairy meets.

On Wednesday the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hear evidence from Environment Minister Michael Gove and others as part of the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Environment Bill. Elsewhere, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coalfield Communities meets to discuss the opportunities for, and barriers to economic regeneration in former coalfield areas.

On Thursday 7, the Transport Committee will travel to Manchester to learn more about the benefits of active travel like cycling and walking.


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