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WIDENING GULF BETWEEN TOWN AND COUNTRY IN WALES

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The Western Mail (p12) carries a report which says market forces are widening the gulf between urban and rural area...
The Western Mail (p12) carries a report which says market forces are widening the gulf between urban and rural areas of Wales.

Global capitalism is all about survival of the fittest and nowhere is this more keenly felt today than in rural Wales, it says.

First the advent of auto-tellers in towns brought the banks new cost-cutting opportunities and pressures. This triggered a cull of the least profitable branches - mostly in rural areas.

The same situation has occurred with petrol stations. Meanwhile, the government has also stepped back from proposals to introduce congestion charges, which could have forced urban motorists to pay more than rural ones for once.

Village schools, cottages hospitals and other essential facilities are disappearing because blinkered departmental accountants say the figures do not stack up. So costs are transferred to people, and sometimes to the departments, it continues.
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