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Poverty: Rural Areas

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to address rural poverty. (253825)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: National cross-cutting policies to address poverty apply to both urban and rural areas and are the responsibility of a number of Government Departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Communities and Local Government and Customs and Revenue.

DEFRA's role is to encourage other departments and agencies to understand the rural dimension to their policies and programmes. DEFRA also funds the Commission for Rural Communities to advise all Government Departments on the needs of people living and working in rural England, with a particular focus on tackling disadvantage.