Committee asks for views on the rural economy

20 July 2018

The Select Committee on the Rural Economy has published its call for evidence and invites submissions from all interested individuals and organisations. Submissions must be received by 4pm on Monday 10 September 2018.


The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy was appointed on 17 May 2018  to consider the rural economy, and to make recommendations. The Committee is now calling for written evidence from those interested in the issue. The Committee began taking oral evidence early July, and has to report by 31 March 2019. 

Chair's comments

Lord Foster of Bath, Chairman of the Committee said:

“This is an exciting time for the rural economy and the Committee hopes that the report it produces will have a wide-ranging impact on policymakers, practitioners and the public, celebrating successes where they have occurred and challenging people and organisations to do better where necessary.
Whether you run a local business, live or work in a rural community, or want to celebrate successes and address challenges in rural areas, I urge you to get in touch and submit evidence to the inquiry.”

Areas of interest

The focus of the Committee's inquiry will include:

  • How the Government is performing on the rural economy
  • Improving and maintaining provision for essential services such as healthcare, education and banking
  • Helping rural business to thrive, and supporting investment and new industries
  • Tackling deprivation and inequality in rural areas
  • Supporting shops, pubs and other local amenities

Further information

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