Friday, 5 July 2013
A Life of Bliss
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has just published a report, A Minimum Income Standard for Remote Rural Scotland which, in essence, describes the cost of living in rural Scotland as being between 10 and 40% more expensive. To quote the 'Scotland: National Rural Network' website, here, "Higher fuel bills, cost of travel to work and the higher price of food and other goods make for higher living costs all have a major impact on rural cost of living." It's interesting to note that the pain affects pensioners much less than couples with a family.
We only noticed this report because it was on our local radio news this morning. It's a report which will be ignored and forgotten - rural areas are not politically significant.