Community organising and education provision in rural areas examined

04 December 2018

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy examines the role of community organisations in supporting rural economies, followed by a discussion on the provision of educational opportunities for young people in rural communities.  


Tuesday 4 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • Ailbhe McNabola, Head of Research and Policy, Power to Change
  • Nick Plumb, Policy Officer, Locality
  • Claire Saunders, Director, The Prince’s Countryside Fund 

At 10.45am

  • Jo Bruce, Director, UK Rural Skills
  • Angela Joyce, Principal and CEO of Warwickshire College (representing the Association of Colleges)
  • Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Committee Member, UK Research and Innovation 

Suggested questions

  • What are the main general trends affecting rural economies and what actions might be needed in response to these trends?
  • What is the role of digital technology in supporting and maintaining vibrant rural communities and economies?
  • Are there sufficient grants and other finance available to rural communities to help them take action?
  • What is the role of volunteering in rural economies and communities and how might voluntary activity be better promoted?
  • How can education, skills, research and innovation help grow and support rural economies?
  • Do we need more rurally-based research centres and universities?
  • What are the key challenges around providing high-quality apprenticeships in rural areas? 
  • How do your organisations seek to support economic clusters in rural areas?

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