The Rural Dashboard provides analyses on a number of key economic indicators to paint a picture of the rural position.
This analysis of Total Individual Insolvencies demonstrates the challenging financial times that we are all faced with. The analysis allows the user to select a member authority for which the information is of interest, and presents the data in chronological order against the average for its relevant rural classifications.
Average house prices provide a barometer to a regions prosperity and economic resilience. It was interesting therefore to note that when preparing the following analysis, the percentage change between September 2012 and December 2012 in house price for an average property in an urban local authority area was -1.7% compared with a decrease of -3.4% in a rural area.
The Jobseekers Allowance claimant rate measures the number of claimants as a proportion of resident population. This analysis presents for a members local authority area a two year view plus a rural average of claimant rates.
This analysis of Economic Activity presents a two year view plus a rural average of the relative economic activity/inactivity experienced within a local authority area.
To help you assess the impact of the downturn on rural communities, we have conducted our own analysis of DEFRA's economic indicators.