On Tuesday 9, Baroness Redfern questioned the Government on the steps it was taking to protect rural post offices. The closure of many rural bank branches was also raised in the debate that followed.
On Wednesday 10, Civil Society Minister Mims Davies MP announced a review of the guidance for local authorities which sets out how they should secure activities and services for young people. The review aims to focus attention on the positive role local authorities can play in the provision of youth services, and ensure the guidance is useful and accessible for those who need it most. Liz Twist MP tabled a debate on the development of a retail strategy for the future. Bill Grant MP emphasised that rural businesses are particularly struggling in the current climate.
On Friday 12, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee announced an inquiry into whether increased devolution can boost England’s cities and regions.
On Tuesday 16, in the House of Lords peers will debate how to improve rural bus services. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology will bring together officials to discuss how smart technologies can transform people’s lives in the future. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Great South West will meet to consider the benefits of a budget for the South West.
On Wednesday 17, MPs will debate funding for small schools and village schools. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee meets to hear evidence on the new farming programme. Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP will give evidence on the work of his department to the Transport Committee.
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