People are having to leave their rural areas

HIGH house prices are leading to a rural exodus says the Rural Services Network.

The organisation has a study highlighting the plight of people who are being forced out of the countryside due to high house prices.

The average worker will need a 150% pay rise as rural areas become some of the least affordable places to live in the countryside, the study found.

The finding was published by the National Housing Federation.

Rural Services Network chief executive Graham Biggs MBE said: “This is a serious and growing problem.

Unless rural wages rise or rural house prices fall or become more affordable, families who want to live and work in the countryside will continue to be forced out. The warning is stark.