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2011: A Vulnerability Index of Scottish Towns

This Research Briefing reports the key findings of exploratory research which uses a 'Vulnerability Index' to calculate the vulnerability of 44 Scottish towns to economic downturn associated with public sector funding cuts.

The local-scale impacts of the cuts have not been widely investigated, but research suggests that many towns have a high dependence on public sector jobs, suggesting they may be highly vulnerable to public spending cuts.

Further Rural Policy Centre work on towns is planned over the coming months, with the results to be included in the 2012 Rural Scotland in Focus Report (to be published in Spring 2012).

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A Vulnerability Index of Scottish Towns

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345


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