Rural poverty is being under-estimated because studies of the countryside are being carried out through urban-tinte...
Rural poverty is being under-estimated because studies of the countryside are being carried out through urban-tinted spectacles, accorsing to Peter Hampson, of the Country Landwoners' Association.
Writing in the Western Mail (Country and Farming supplement, p7) Mr Hampson says: 'Rural poverty is sometimes difficult to identify because the most frequently-used indicators are often ill-adapted to the special circumstances of rural areas.'
He says that incomes in many rural areas are below the average, that there is much hidden unemployment, and that services in the countryside are poorer.
He says statistics can therefore lead to 'dangerous misunderstandings, both inside and outside government, about the realities of day-to-day life in the countryside'.