Independent report

Costs of service delivery in rural areas

Research into the drivers of service costs in rural areas.

Documents

Research into drivers of service costs in rural areas: summary report

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Research into drivers of service costs in rural areas: national analysis of unit costs - main report

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Rapid evidence assessment: literature review

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Appendix A: statistical models

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Appendix B: regression analysis

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Fire and rescue statistics analysis

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Analysis of quantitative survey of local authorities

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Qualitative interviews with local authorities

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Details

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
Published 18 December 2014