1364: Living in a rural area

This paper is summarised from the section entitled ‘Living in a rural area” in the Consumer Focus report ‘Rural consumers in the UK’.

Year of Publication2011

Challenges include: reliance on the primary industries, including agriculture; below average Gross Value Added in rural areas; businesses are less likely to grow; and individual earnings are slightly lower. Issues remain about peripherality and the quality and accessibility of key services while demographic change lead to rural populations decreasing in some areas and having more older people. This puts pressure on services and threatens the sustainability of some communities. Many public services are devolved, and the extent and nature of devolution varies.

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