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The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned that slow broadband speeds are driving young people away from rural areas.

According to the body, many young people from the countryside are moving to urban locations and not returning.

The NHF believes this is down to a number of factors, from housing affordability to public transport provision in rural areas.

However, the organisation said rural connectivity to broadband is another factor, as it is limiting the number of people willing to start and run businesses outside major towns and cities.

"By 2039, the number of working age households in England is projected to fall by one per cent in rural areas, while increasing in urban areas by nearly 11 per cent," the NHF said.

This comes after the British Chambers of Commerce urged Ofcom to do more to support business broadband customers in rural areas.

According to figures from the organisation, 29 per cent of firms across the UK have unreliable mobile internet connections. However, the figure stands at 54 per cent in the countryside.

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