The way we shop has changed. Often we buy all the food for a week in one go at a supermarket. This means small shops shut.
In the countryside there are no shops left in 42% of parishes.
Every year 90,000 people move from cities to the countryside. Houses there cost an average of 15% more than in towns. People who work on farms often can not afford to buy a house.
There are 17,000 households classed as homeless in rural areas.