Community organising and education provision in rural areas examined
4 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
- Ailbhe McNabola, Head of Research and Policy, Power to Change
- Nick Plumb, Policy Officer, Locality
- Claire Saunders, Director, The Prince's Countryside Fund
- 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
- 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?