According to a new survey, the UK is the worst place to live in Europe - despite higher than average pay packets
According to a new survey, the UK is the worst place to live in Europe despite our higher than average pay packets.
The study, involving 2,000 adults, looked and factors such as working hours, holiday, VAT, health, education costs and hours of sunshine and – for us Brits, the results aren’t good. We faired the worst in the poll, even beaten by our neighbours in Ireland who came bottom of the list a year ago.
Things are so bad that one in 10 of us is considering emigrating. And it seems you don’t need to go far to experience a better quality of life, as France and Spain managed to top the index of the 10 countries. Although their net household income falls below that of the UK, a better holiday allowance, price of petrol and hours of sunshine certainly make up for it.
‘We earn substantially more than our European neighbours, but this level of income is needed just to keep a roof over our heads, food on the table and our homes warm,’ said Ann Robinson director of consumer policy for uSwitch.
We’re also lumped with higherfood, alcohol, cigarettes and petrol prices than our cousins on the continent.
‘We are now officially bottom of the pile,’ said Robinson.
Do you think the UK deserves to be at the bottom of the list?
Do you love living in Britain? Or does the thought of emigrating appeal (Ed: yes!)?
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