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Clarity on future funding for rural local authorities (Northumberland Gazette)
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Disruption warning after NHS cyber attack (Hexham Courant)
Concern over rural impact of NHS cyber attack (Market Rasen Mail)
MPs accuse Whitehall of 'lacking ambition' to solve housing crisis (LocalGov)
Snap general election welcomed - as candidates line up (Dorset Echo)
Rural voice must be heard, says RSN chief (Farming Life)
Ministers fail to grasp importance of school cuts (Yorkshire Post)
Unfair funding formula threatens Wolds schools, says RSN (Horncastle News)
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Patients waiting weeks to see GP due to lack of rural doctors (Grimsby Telegraph)
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Calls to protect crucial EU funding for projects (Chronicle Live)
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Rural residents can suffer from Rural Vulnerability, due to a combination of factors relating to living in a rural community. Significantly rural areas have a higher percentage of the elderly population residing within them (which is increasing over time). Rural areas also suffer from poor access to public transport, further education and skills training, health and care services, poor connectivity and broadband access, low wages and higher than average house prices. Whilst these can individually affect everyone, the combination of factors in rural areas can create a particular Rural Vulnerability putting those residents at a disadvantage.
The lockdown of communities all over England during Spring of 2020 has exacerbated this situation which continues to worsen.
In 2019 The RSN began the development of an Annual Rural Vulnerability Statement which are available below with further information on the topic.