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Community organising and education provision in rural areas examined

4 December 2018

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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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