Gildernew highlights report showing additional cost of living in rural areas in the South
The Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has welcomed a study into the minimum essential standard of living budgets required to live in a rural area.
The study, carried out by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice, found that the cost difference between urban and rural households ranges between €69.91 and €108.61 per week.
Minister Gildernew said: “This research in the South clearly articulates what I have believed for some time, that there is a significant additional expense to living in a rural area. Coupling this research with the fact that incomes are lower in the countryside, we can clearly see that the risk of poverty is a reality for many of our rural dwellers.”
Minister Gildernew added: “This research also builds on the many discussions and debates that were had at the All Ireland Conference on Combating Rural Poverty and Social Exclusion in Drogheda last month. I had the opportunity to attend this conference with Minister Pat Carey, T.D, were we recognised that there is still a clear need for government policies to address poverty and exclusion in rural areas, and in these austere times a need to work collectively on this island to develop new ideas and directions that will ensure a better quality of life for rural communities.”