The report also found that all ten of the least socially mobile areas of England were rural and coastal county areas.
MPs noted that the perception of counties as affluent areas has masked socio-economic challenges and deprivation, while the extra costs of delivering rural services are also not fully recognised when councils are allocated funds.
The Government is currently reviewing the way councils are funded, with a new system promised by 2020.
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