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Rural representatives on services, infrastructure and funding questioned by Committee

16 October 2018

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The Select Committee on the Rural Economy questions representatives from the Rural Coalition, Countryside Alliance and the Rural Services Network on access to services in rural areas.


Tuesday 16 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • The Rt Rev. the Lord Bishop of St Albans, President, Rural Coalition
  • Margaret Clark CBE, Chair, Rural Coalition
  • Tim Bonner, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance
  • Sarah Lee, Head of Policy, Countryside Alliance

At 10.45am

  • Graham Biggs MBE, Chief Executive, Rural Services Network
  • David Fursdon

Possible Questions

  • What principles should underpin the UK Shared Prosperity Fund?
  • What would make the SPF effective for rural areas? How might funding from the SPF be best allocated?
  • How would you rate the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships? Do you think proposals for change put forward in the recent LEP review will meet rural needs?
  • What role does the voluntary and community sector play in delivery of rural services?
  • Is enough being done to ensure that rural areas are not left behind with the Government's strategy on extending full fibre broadband and creating 5G mobile networks?

Further information

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