Department of Health and Social Care: Rural Areas

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Anne Marie Morris Anne Marie Morris Conservative, Newton Abbot

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department defines rurality.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There is an official statistical rural urban classification, based on the 2011 Census, which determines settlements with populations of 10,000 or more as urban. Further details of the rural urban classification can be found at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/rural-urban-classification

The rural urban classification is intended to support statistical analysis. Other definitions of rural could be more appropriate in some policy or analytical contexts.

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