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Countryside communities suffer from a "rural penalty"

The report suggests that people living in rural areas face higher house prices, but less government support. Credit: ITV News West Country

Countryside communities in England suffer from a "rural penalty" - that's according to a parliamentary report.

The report suggests that people living in rural areas face higher house prices and more expensive council bills, but receive less government support for services like schools.

Rural communities short-changed

People in rural communities are paying too much for fuel and goods in local shops, according to the Office of Fair Trading. The government consumer watchdog talked to residents of Okehampton and Hatherleigh in Devon as part of a nationwide survey.

It found that high prices in shops and filling stations couldn't always be explained by their rural location. The OFT's report also calls for better internet links and favourable tax policies.

Rural communities short-changed according to nationwide survey Credit: ITV Westcountry

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