Are local government and Local Enterprise Partnerships paying enough attention to rural areas?

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23 October 2018

The Select Committee on the Rural Economy questions local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on their role in the rural economy.


Tuesday 23 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • Cllr Sue Baxter, Chairman, National Association of Local Councils (NALC)
  • Cllr Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council
  • Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of Local Government Association (LGA) People and Places Board and leader of Gloucestershire County Council

At 10.45am

  • Richard Baker, Head of Strategy and Policy, North East LEP
  • John Mortimer, Chairman, Swindon & Wiltshire LEP
  • Cllr Louise Richardson, Chair, Leicestershire Rural Partnership, Leicester and Leicestershire LEP

Areas of discussion

Likely areas of discussion include:

  • Access to rural services
  • How the battle against rural crime is tackled
  • How devolution arrangements can be reformed to support the rural economy more effectively?
  • The impact of Brexit on rural economies and the role of LEPs

Further information

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