Blackburn has been revealed as the best place in the UK to make a living, taking into account the cost of living and health of the area’s job market.
According to analysis by credit comparison website TotallyMoney.com, cash goes further in Blackburn than anywhere else.
While it might not have the lowest unemployment figures or job growth than some other more ‘up-market’ towns, scenery and culture have also been taken into account.
In the survey, Blackburn topped towns such as Cambridge and Milton Keynes who have lower levels of unemployment and higher percentages of job growth. So whilst local residents may find it hard to believe, Blackburn really is a great place to live.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As someone who works in the area this is fantastic news for the residents of Blackburn. We know we’re not as wealthy as some other towns in the UK, and we suffer from our share of poor health, but it’s a good, honest working-class town.
“We do have areas of high deprivation but so do many other towns and cities across the country. As a CCG which commissions (plans and buys) local health services, we work hard, along with our partners such as the council and hospital trust, to address the issues this brings.
“We are ideally placed and can easily get to the coast, Manchester or the Lake District within an hour. I hope the population of Blackburn now start to believe that Blackburn is great.”
You can view an online article in the Lancashire Telegraph here.