Rural Development Statistics (RDS) is an indicator of rural development in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
RDS is calculated from land area, land use and urban population.
It is also used to measure the economic impact of rural developments.
RDF was introduced in 2018 and is available on the Government website.
The most recent figures from 2018 showed that the UK recorded 4.7 million fewer people living in rural areas than it did a decade earlier.
The number of people living within a 5km radius of a rural development has decreased by 6.4% compared to the same period last year.
According to the report, in 2018, the number of households in rural development fell by 8.7% compared with a decade ago.
However, the rate of decline was more pronounced in rural than urban areas.
While rural development decreased by 5.7%, the rate fell by 1.5% in urban areas, the report found.
The report also revealed that rural development had increased from a population of 1.3 million in 2019 to 1.8 million in 2020, the largest increase of any sector.
However the rate at which this increase occurred varied from year to year.
The increase in rural population increased by 9.1% between 2018 and 2020 compared with an increase of 6.9% for rural development.
While this increase was greater in rural parts of England, Wales and Scotland, it was less in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
This may be because rural development is a more complex area of policy, and is not covered by the same public spending powers as other sectors, such as health and social care.
For example, while a single expenditure is not necessarily a source of funding for rural housing and other rural development areas, it may be an element of the package for certain areas.
The Government will continue to review the rural development statistics.
Rural development was estimated to be £2.6bn in 2020-21, down from £3.2bn in 2019-20. Of this, £2bn was attributable to rural development expenditure, and £2 billion was attributable solely to land use.