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The state of the Countryside
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The 20% of the rural population on this map are considered to be the second worst off in Wales.
While the most significant areas of deprivation in Wales are in the former industrial areas of the south, this second map shows that the rural counties of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Ceredigion (north to south on the Irish Sea coast) have significant pockets of deprivation. The social exclusion report by the Commons Welsh Affairs committee found that one of the major contributors to rural deprivation was the lack of public transport in remote areas like these. The MPs said that this meant owning a car was "virtually a necessity" - but the cost of fuel was a major factor.