Key Rural Issues

Date published: 20 December 2019

Last updated: 06 April 2020

The purpose of this publication is to integrate evidence from across government in order to:

  • provide evidence to inform the future direction of rural policy in NI
  • underpin the Rural Needs Act (NI)  2016
  • support equitable treatment of rural communities in policies and programmes across government
  • inform rural stakeholders and
  • stimulate and support wider debate and research on rural issues

The publication illustrates within-rural as well as urban-rural differences and statistics are provided on Rural definition, land area and population; Education; Employment; Industry; Tourism; Connectivity; Access to services; Quality of life; Crime; and Poverty.

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