The group has completed its consultation phase and will publish a final paper for Spring Conference in 2018.
The deadline for amendments to the final paper will be 6th March 2018: hold an event in your local area in February to discuss any amendments to the paper.
The group has taken evidence for over six months and is grateful to all the members who have taken part in the consultation process.
Though the consultation is now closed, you can still read the full consultation paper.
The Rural Communities working group is chaired by Heather Kidd. Heather has been a councillor for a rural ward in Shropshire since 1996, and has a long history of campaigning on rural issues within the Liberal Democrats. She is a former leader of South Shropshire District Council and founder of their successful rural affordable housing policy. A member of the Rural Services network until 2007, she is now a member of the Local Government Association’s Economy and Transport Board and Deputy Chair of their People and Places Board (rural).
Working Group Members
Peter Fane - Vice Chair
Kate Parminter - Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Spokesperson
Mark Williams - Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Commons Spokesperson
Phil Bennion - Federal Policy Committee Representative
Working Group Remit
The working group will be making policy in areas set out by the Federal Policy Committee. You can find the remit for the group here.