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Rural communities: localism and 'big society' evidence session

14 January 2013

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold two further evidence sessions in relation to its Rural Communities inquiry.

Wednesday 16 January

The first evidence session, on 16 January, will focus on the ability of rural communities to take control of their own futures and the range of Government initiatives aimed at encouraging and supporting communities to do this.

The meeting will take place as follows on Wednesday 16 January, in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster.

Witnesses:

At 3.00pm

  • Keith Halstead, Chief Executive, Community Transport Association

At 3.40pm approx

  • Sylvia Brown OBE, Chief Executive, ACRE
  • Mike Perry, Head of Communication, Plunkett Foundation
  • Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE, Director, Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, Newcastle University

Tuesday 29 January 

The second evidence session, on 29 January, will be the final session of the rural communities inquiry. It will give the Committee the opportunity to question the Minister responsible for Rural Affairs on the success of the RCPU in acting as rural champion in the heart of government, and its effectiveness in delivering rural development.

The meeting will take place as follows on Tuesday 29 January, in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster.

Witnesses:

At 2.30pm

  • Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Sara Eppel, Head, Rural Communities Policy Unit

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