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Social Inclusion

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

12. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent steps he has taken to promote social inclusion in rural areas. (203766)

The Socially Excluded Adults Public Service Agreement and the Families at Risk Review will help to promote social inclusion in rural areas. They will support the Government’s wider work on building strong rural communities and ensuring that public services meet the needs of the most vulnerable rural residents. The Government are providing over £50 million a year to support rural bus services, are ensuring that 95 per cent. of the rural population are within three miles of a Post Office, and have committed to deliver over 10,000 affordable homes in settlements of less than 3,000 inhabitants by 2011.