chapter  9
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Voluntary-Health and Welfare Services in the countryside

With this breakdown of village self-sufficiency on the one hand, and on the other the development of new welfare services which are unsuitable for local operation or administration, district, county and national services are becoming increasingly important in the lives of country people. Much more so than in towns, a great number of organisations claim interest in the welfare of country people, from the Churches to the county council and the British Red Cross Society to the Rural Community Council. Excellent work is being done by some yet we shall show that, in certain respects, the resultant efforts can be described as comprehensive in scope but 'patchy' if not 'sketchy' in application.