The Highland Council in Scotland has just eight people living per square kilometre. Services have been decentralised so that a large area can be covered while limiting the distance people have to travel. Local service points have been set up across the authority to provide local advice and information about services. This has been achieved cost effectively by sharing the building with the tourist authority. In Ardross, a shared use community hall is able to cost effectively house a range of services.

First broadcast:
18 March 2003

This clip could be used to illustrate the services local government provide within rural areas in Scotland. Students could undertake further research to find other local examples of service provision. Students could draw conclusions and comparisons between the issues and costs facing rural and urban councils could be carried out.