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Countryside Poverty IS A RURAL AFFAIR – IGNORED BY GOVERNMENT

Living in the countryside costs £3,300 more for essentials a year than the national average

 

Rural residents found to pay more for everyday essentials than those living in towns and cities

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Households in Britain’s rural communities spend over £3,300 a year on everyday essentials than those living in towns and cities, according to new analysis from BoilerJuice Connected.

The figures showed that rural cost of living spend an extra £535 per year on petrol, diesel and motor oil and an extra £561 on cars and vans.

In the UK, around 1.5 million homes currently use heating oil rather than mains gas.

Rural homes also tend to be older, bigger and less well-insulated than urban homes, leading to higher heating costs and higher home maintenance costs.

The average weekly electricity spend was £14.19 for a rural household – £121 more per year than for households.

In cities and the average yearly spend on home maintenance was £180 higher for rural residents.

Lee Cowles, managing director, at BoilerJuice said: “Although living in the British countryside can be wonderful, for many, rural life is a financial challenge – particularly for those on lower incomes.

“Staying connected when you’re further away from urban hubs is part of the problem.

“For example, people in rural areas often have to travel further to get to the shops or go to work, and tend to end up paying more for telephone and internet bills by missing out on deals and services.”

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