Understanding rural deprivation

The definitions and ways of measuring rural deprivation don’t work. They rely on there being clusters of deprivation.

For example, taking an average of income or wealth across an area [with a small number of households] might mean that a number of poor households are cancelled out by a number of very wealthy ones.

Why the contribution is important

This is important because it means that rural poverty can be hidden and funding is not forthcoming to tackle it.

Added to the fact that services are more expensive to provide in remote areas, it can mean the rural poor have extra levels of deprivation and challenges in getting support.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 26, 2015 at 04:14PM

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