On Tuesday 8 January the Communities, Housing and Local Government Committee heard evidence from High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP and entrepreneur Sir John Timpson about the future of British high streets. The Lords Economic Affairs Committee also met to hear from care providers on the challenges facing the social care workforce.
On Wednesday 9 Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced that former service personnel suffering from mental illnesses will be prioritised by councils for social housing under new proposals.
On Thursday 10, MPs debated the franchising of Crown Post Offices and the effect on high streets and local communities. MPs also continued their debate regarding the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement with a focus on agricultural policy. Multiple MPs raised concerns that food and environmental standards could be allowed to deteriorate post-Brexit, particularly as a collateral loss during trade negotiations with countries such as the US. On this point, Kerry McCarthy MP highlighted both hers and EFRA Committee Chair Neil Parish’s separate amendments to the Agriculture Bill to prevent this.
On Monday 14 December the House of Commons Transport Committee will visit Liverpool to hold a public evidence session on the health of bus services. Elsewhere the Government will publish its Clean Air Strategy. In the House of Lords Main Chamber oral questions will focus on the impact of Brexit on agriculture.
On Tuesday 15 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Science and Technology in Agriculture meets to discuss soil health.
On Wednesday 16 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People meets as part of its ongoing inquiry into decent and accessible housing for older people.
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