This research was commissioned by DCLG and Defra to establish whether rural authorities face additional and unavoidable costs in delivering services, compared to urban authorities.
LG Futures carried out the research and aimed to:
- review the evidence for costs and cost drivers for rural and non-rural service delivery
- measure and attribute the unit costs of local authority services as accurately as possible given the evidence
- determine the differences between rural and non-rural costs, and any unavoidable costs for rural areas, which are additional to those for non-rural areas