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Rural jobless harder hit by benefits cuts

THE unemployed in rural areas are suffering more than most from the huge cuts being made to the benefits system, according to Citizens Advice Scotland.

A survey of jobseekers by CAS reveals a snapshot of clients whose benefits have been cut or withdrawn because of difficulties surrounding work in rural areas.

Ailsa Kellett, from the Isle of Lewis, who is unemployed, is receiving £47 a week in Jobseekers Allowance – cut due to previous administrative errors by the Department of Work & Pensions. Her home is poorly insulated with coal-fired central heating, requiring a £7 bag of coal a day.

CAS chief executive Margaret Lynch said: "There is no doubt those in remote and rural areas face additional burdens."

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