On Tuesday 14, during a debate on the Shared Prosperity Fund, Anne Marie Morris MP asked if a portion of the fund could be ring-fenced for rural and coastal communities to invest in infrastructure and aid SMEs. Scott Mann MP highlighted that rural deprivation has been overlooked by successive governments.
On Thursday 16, Chris Davies MP raised the matter of suicide in the farming and rural communities during a discussion on the Business of the House.
On Friday 17, High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP was in Greater Manchester to celebrate the launch of the National High Street Perfect Day initiative. The scheme sees local businesses, schools, voluntary groups and council members descending on the high street to take part in litter picks. Berry commented: ‘The first ever National Perfect Day represents a fantastic opportunity for communities to get together in partnership with local businesses and ensure our high streets are places that can gleam with pride.’
On Sunday 19, the Government announced the beginning of a £200 million rollout of full fibre broadband to the most remote locations around the UK, with 31 rural schools among the first to benefit. Last year, the Government identified that approximately 10 per cent of UK premises, largely in rural and remote areas, would be unlikely to receive gigabit-capable connections commercially by 2033. The Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme, launched on Sunday, is designed to tackle this problem.
On Monday 20, the Lords will consider how to ensure that issues of intergenerational fairness and wellbeing are considered as part of the forthcoming Spending Review.
On Tuesday 21, MPs will debate financial exclusion and the future of access to cash in the House of Commons. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will hear evidence as part of its ongoing inquiry into the Post Office. The Economic Affairs Committee meets to hear evidence on social care funding in England.
On Wednesday 22, the Treasury Committee will hear evidence on the impact of business rates on business, hearing from representatives from Boots, John Lewis Partnership and the National Farmers Union, amongst others.
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