Small town named as the most desirable place to live in the UK

by Ray Clancy on March 2, 2017

People considering moving to the UK have probably never heard of it, but a small town near Liverpool in the north west of the country has the best quality of life in the country.

Indeed, many people in the UK have probably never heard of Bebington either but the town, which is five miles south of Liverpool has been ranked by economists has having the best work-life balance and access to good schools and green spaces.

The study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research and the Royal Mail, names Norwich in the east of England as the second best spot and Bournemouth on the south coast third. Nowhere in London made the top 10 list.

Bebington has just 15,760 residents but it has good jobs, short commutes to work and affordable house prices which are around a quarter of the price of buying a home in London.

The study also found that in Scotland, three quarters of the most desirable places to live and work are around Glasgow. Residents have shorter working hours and shorter commute times as well as access to local services, better schools and lower crime rates.

More than half of the most desirable places to live and work in Wales this year are located around Cardiff and in Northern Ireland, the top locations remain around Belfast and Craigavon which benefit from easy access to local services, high employment rates and a strong education system.

The rest of the locations in the top 10 national ranking were Sale in Greater Manchester in fourth place, East Cowes in the Isle of Wight in fifth place, Eastleigh in Hampshire sixth, Ipswich in Suffolk seventh, Leeds eighth, Dronfield in north east Derbyshire ninth and Reading in tenth.

Newcomers in Scotland this year include Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides and Kirkwall in Orkney which rated highly due to a good work-life balance and high employment rate. But Edinburgh did not feature this year, mostly due to the high cost of housing.

The research comes as the latest official figures show that net migration is falling with a significant drop in people arriving from European Union countries. The data from the Office of National Statistics is the first set of figures to cover an extended period since the UK voted to leave the EU.

Numbers fell below 300,000 for the first time in two years with 273,000 net arrivals in the 12 months to the end of September 2016, down from 335,000 in the year to the end of June.

The figures also show that the actual number of arrivals in the 12-month period was 596,000, a fall of 23,000 of which 268,000 of were EU citizens. But more people are arriving from Bulgaria and Romania with arrivals up 19,000 to 74,000.

Overall the net flow from the EU was 165,000, the lowest for two years, with 180,000 EU moving for work related reasons, with approximately 63% of those having a definite job to go to.

The number of students has fallen, down by 41,000 in the year to September 2016. The majority of the drop was made up of non-EU students, down 31,000.

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