Bedford has dropped from 46th to the 73rd best/worst place to live from 138 regions across the UK in a new study.
That’s the verdict of a detailed index which ranked the county as the 73rd best place to live in the UK, a big drop on just two years ago.
The uSwitch Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index assessed 138 UK regions for 26 different lifestyle factors including working hours, life expectancy, hours of sunshine, food and energy bills, disposable income and more.
And Bedford has dropped 27 places from 46th place when the index was last compiled back in 2013 to 73rd this time around.
Former index leaders Solihull is now second place behind Edinburgh which has rocketed 97 places from 2013 to the number one spot in 2015.
Nearby Hertfordshire is rated the third best place to live while Milton Keynes, Bucks and Oxfordshire have also suffered worrying drops.
Down in 138th place and ranked the worst place to live in the UK was the region of Bradford, Yorkshire and The Humber.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said the report reveals ‘vast differences in the quality of life that many people across the UK are experiencing’.
She said: “Despite a buoyant UK economy, millions of people in this country aren’t feeling the benefits. We shouldn’t kid ourselves that it’s getting better for everyone out there.
“The reality is that millions of British households are still facing huge financial pressures, with wages barely covering higher living costs. And with talk of interest rates rising, any hope that those financial pressures might ease seems a forlorn one.
“It’s more important than ever that households take an honest look at their household budgets and see if there are savings that can be made. Simply by switching energy suppliers on a regular basis, hundreds of pounds could be shaved off the annual bill. Our quality of life is important and even minor changes could have a positive impact on our standard of living.”
More to life than rankings
While there is more to life than rankings, stats and figures, uSwitch said it’s Qualify of Life Index ‘aims to highlight the vast differences in the experiences of people across the country’.
For more about the study’s methodology, read the full press release
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