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.