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Scotland plans for possible rural migration

Service sustainability raised in Scottish Parliament

April 21st 2022

Tagged: political news Scotland Rurality

By Ailsa Colquhoun

A possible surge in the number of people living and working in Scotland’s rural areas has been discussed in the Scottish parliament.

In the meeting, South Scotland MSP Emma Harper (SNP) noted that post-pandemic people are keener to live in remote or rural areas because they can work from home two or three days a week.

Stephen Boyle, auditor general for Scotland said: “A positive knock-on effect might be that Scotland’s remote and rural communities are made more accessible and more attractive places for people to live and work.

“We will think carefully about how we factor that into our work on not just climate change but the sustainability of services. That is one for us to take away.”