THE cost of living for rural residents has fallen, according to recently-released figures.

A report from NFU Mutual, which analysed data published by the Office for National Statistics, showed that inflation for people living in the countryside had been falling since last year, with the declining prices of petrol and diesel contributing to this.

Rural affairs speciality at NFU Mutual Tim Price said that although living in the countryside still costs more, he was pleased to see a fall in the overall cost.

He said: “People living in the countryside have borne the brunt of price rises over the last three years because of their reliance on cars and heating oil, so this fall is very welcome news.”

The report showed that the cost of goods and services for people living in rural areas such as Ryedale was one per cent lower than last year.