Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

28 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 
(21 October - 27 October)

On Wednesday 23rd, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced a new campaign in which local people can nominate heritage assets to ensure that local monuments are no longer left neglected. A team of heritage experts, supported by a £700,000 fund, will help 10 English counties protect important local monuments. To support this, Historic England will launch a national campaign on local identity getting the country talking about what defines Britain’s shared heritage.

On Thursday 24th, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a report on public attitudes towards house building based on findings from the 2018 British Social Attitudes Survey. It found that those living in country villages and small cities or towns were more likely to oppose more homes being built in the local area (28 per cent and 24 per cent respectively), than those living in big cities (18 per cent).

This week in politics (28 October-  3 November)

On Monday 28th, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will hear evidence from Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, for the first time. The session will examine the Secretary of State’s priorities for his department and examine the key issues within the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s remit. The Environment Bill will have its second reading in Parliament and the Public Accounts Committee will hear evidence on food standards and safety. In the House of Lords, Peers will debate granting local authorities more powers to manage their local tourism industries. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government meets.

On Tuesday 29th, MPs will debate bus services in Cumbria, there will likely be a wider discussion of bus services in rural areas. The Environmental Audit Committee will hear evidence from the Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband and Digital Communication will hold its AGM.

On Wednesday 30th, MPs will debate bus passes for 1950s women. The Treasury Committee will hold an evidence session on regional imbalances in the UK. In the House of Lords, Peers will debate farm subsidies after 2020. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning will be meeting representatives of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission.

On Thursday 31st, MPs will put oral questions to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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