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Rural Lives: understanding financial hardship and vulnerability in rural areas

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE


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This report presents for a broad readership the findings of the Rural Lives research project, which was funded by the Standard Life Foundation. The purpose of the research was to investigate why and how people in rural areas experience (and negotiate) financial hardship. We also explored how external processes and individual circumstances contribute to financial hardship, and how these might be addressed. The report concludes by articulating some policy challenges arising from these findings and suggests opportunities for policy interventions to address each of these challenges.The report id downloadable free from

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Author(s): Shucksmith M, Chapman P, Glass J, Atterton J

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2021

Pages: 38

Print publication date: 22/03/2021

Online publication date: 22/03/2021

Acceptance date: 22/03/2021

Institution: Rural Lives