The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has concluded that the cost of living in the countryside is 20% more than in urban areas. The charity carries out social policy reseach and said that the increased costs meant gross pay rates had to be far higher to ensure take-home pay was adequate.
The report said that a single person living in a village needed to earn at least 30% above the minimum wage to make ends meet. With low pay more common in rural areas, many rural workers fall well short of being able to meet their essential needs, according to the report.
Whilst the content of the report might be technically accurate, what the report fails to comment on is the benefits of living outside urban areas and fails to appreciate that many people choose to live in the country!