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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Cheshire East tops quality of life survey

 

Cheshire East borough once again heads the list of the best places to live in the North West in the Halifax Quality of Life survey.

The survey, now in its ninth year, is an indicator of life expectancy, family income, employment rate, exam performance, even sunshine and rainfall.

The borough is ranked 100th out of the top 250 boroughs across the country, moving up from 105th  last year.

And it heads the table of the ten North West local authorities which have made it into the final list.

The others are:

· Ribble Valley (121)

· Cheshire West and Chester (135)

· Trafford (140)

· Fylde (155)

· Eden (170)

· South Lakeland (188)

· Warrington (203)

· Stockport (234)

· West Lancashire (238)

Average weekly earnings are highest in Cheshire East at £808 – well above the national average of £629 - and the borough is in third place behind Trafford and Stockport for Broadband connection and in third place for good health.

But when other factors are taken into consideration including life expectancy, personal satisfaction and employment levels, Cheshire East comes out top in the North West.

Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said:

“This is wonderful news and underlines what I have always stated, that Cheshire East is a great place to live and work.

“We have low unemployment and falling, youth unemployment has more than halved, our jobs growth is fantastic and salaries are rising with quality jobs coming into the borough all the time.

“We are also an authority which looks after its older people.”

The research puts Cheshire East in third place in the region for its GCSE results and in fourth place for its 16+ qualifications.

The Borough also compared well nationally with male life expectancy at 80.4 years, just 2.7 years behind Hart in Hampshire, which leads the survey’s findings. Cheshire East’s employment rate is 72.4%.

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