A Survey by Cumbria Rural Housing  noted that in Cumbria:
- There is a problem of increased heating and travel costs;
- There are an increased number of second homes;
- The average age is rising and numbers of elderly people are rising;
- There is a greater lack of affordable housing;
- Disturbing changes to benefit and housing allowances are increasing poverty levels.
- There are 50,000 volunteers in Cumbria. That's 1 in 10 of the population!