A Survey by Cumbria Rural Housing [2011] 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!