Borders ‘ninth worst place to live in UK’

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A study that has the Borders as the ninth worst place to live in the UK has come in for heavy criticism.

Low wages, poor broadband speed and fewer daylight hours are the main reasons the area ended up so low down comparison website uSwitch’s list of the best places to live.

The study by comparison website uSwitch looked at 24 different factors, including crime rate, life expectancy, income, broadband speed and hours of sunshine. Eight out of the 10 worst areas, according to results, are in Scotland.

Conwy and Denbighshire in Wales came out at the bottom. Solihull topped the table.

Nine of the top ten worst areas, according to the survey, are in Scotland, and Borders MSP John Lamont was the first to criticise the criteria used in drawing up the list.

He said: “This report is clearly wrong in stating that the Borders is one of the worst places to live in the UK. This is a fantastic region with a proud history and the many people who have chosen to live here will know that it is a great place to be.

“While this study takes several factors into account, there are some things that are simply not quantifiable. Our landscapes for example provide some of the most beautiful scenery that the UK has to offer, and the many fantastic towns and villages we have are unique to our area.

“This report does highlight some important areas which we need to improve in, such as improving broadband speeds and increasing average incomes. However, to suggest that these aspects make us one of the worst places to live is simply ludicrous.”

“There is so much more to the Borders than these statistics suggest and I sincerely hope that it does not put people off wanting to move to our area in years to come.”