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Why Country Life Costs You £264 More A Week Than A City Dweller

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And water. And minerals. And timber. And electricity production..!

Someone mentioned the school run... thing is, as I keep mentioning, there's 1) living in the middle of frickin' nowhere and 2) living in a small town. In my town, population 3000 and surrounded by miles and miles of countryside, there's a primary school and a secondary school. Indeed apart from those who come in from surrounding villages, almost all pupils walk or cycle to school as it's near and safe to do so. For those in nearby villages there are dedicated school buses.

I do live "rural" but not ridiculously rural. There are shops, a supermarket, even a swimming pool.. and decent broadband.

That's the thing, I don't think you could describe most places as being definitely 'City' or 'Country'. I don't think there is a definition.

I live in a suburban area on the edge of London, which would fall into the 'City' definition, given that you can walk to everything within a few minutes (station, parks, large town centre etc). It is quite built up.

A few miles away, there is the commuter belt, a 'posher' area which is much less urban, but is still definitely suburban rather than rural (I am sure most of the residents would mutter about how 'countryfied' it is, though!). People who live here will generally drive their kids to school, drive to the supermarket/station/restaurants, compared to a lot of people who live in proper rural towns who have those facilities right on their doorsteps.

It would still cost vastly more to live in this type of area because the increased house prices would outweigh any other savings made.

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I'm struggling to believe this. I think what they've done to get to this figure of £13,740 is to take the worst case of every town/country comparison they make. The one that jumps out is the insurance costs:

Some of these homeowners face excesses of £10,000. This is because insurers are increasingly wary about offering flood insurance because a government agreement to boost flood defences is about to run out. Excesses this high can make it difficult for people to get a mortgage.

I think the majority of the countryside does not count as high flood risk, so wouldn't suffer these excesses on their insurance - and £10,000 is the extreme example...so, yes, it's a little more expensive to live in the countryside, but not as much as they are saying for most people.

However, this was the passage that got me:

‘People in the countryside are being clobbered with rising insurance, lower wages and the gradual disappearance of rural shops, forcing them to travel further for even simple items,’ says Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of campaign group the Countryside Alliance.

‘The countryside isn’t all Downton Abbey — many people are really struggling to get by, yet get little or no relief from the Government.’

So they seem to want their lives subsidised by central government, but when the majority of the nation disapproves of them setting packs of dogs on small animals for fun, they tell us we're ignorant townies who should stay in our towns and mind our own business.

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I'm not sure whether I am in the "country" or not! :blink:

What is the definition on which this article is based?

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I'm not sure whether I am in the "country" or not! :blink:

What is the definition on which this article is based?

Basically if ur not in London zone 1 then ur in da country innit!

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Basically if ur not in London zone 1 then ur in da country innit!

Interesting comment! I was quite serious about asking the question! :blink:

I'm near Bristol, but still outside it! We have streetlights and telephones, and all that!

I only have to walk half a mile to see a horse or two!

Where IS the "country"? And where does it stop! :o

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Actually, what I am trying to get at, is the very precise figure of £264, when the "country" has not been defined! :blink:

Bad article! :ph34r:

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Actually, what I am trying to get at, is the very precise figure of £264, when the "country" has not been defined! :blink:

Bad article! :ph34r:

...Town, when you are within walking distance of a train station, maybe.....costs £264 more a week living in the country is rubbish, I know of many that have less than that a week in total to live on, a fairy tale. ;)

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I don't understand. It's all b*ll*cks. Country Lifecosts £170 for a year's issues, or £110.50 if you subscribe.

You can read it for free at the doctors surgery. ;)

Noticed little jobs that need doing, such as plumbing, building etc far cheaper than the labour costs in London....and they give the manure for the garden away for free, all you can carry. :)

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