53% of people living in North West want to emigrate
Those living in the North West are also the least happy in the UK - just a fifth (21%) say they are happy living here, compared to the national average of just over a quarter (27%). And even those not thinking about emigrating aren’t necessarily happy – people in the North West of England are among the most likely to stay because of their family (13%) while 10% are put off by the money and hassle involved in emigrating.
While the “broken society” is the biggest concern for those in the North West, they are also worried about job security and unemployment, crime and violence and the cost of energy.
Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, says: “The UK has the worst quality of life in Europe and those living in the North West of England seem to be feeling this more keenly than the average Brit – over half (52%) have thought about emigrating. The broken society and crime and violence are among a long list of woes, so it’s not surprising just a fifth are happy.
“But for those who decide to stick it out and ride the storm, there will be no choice but to batten down the hatches. Cutting back and saving can help combat the high living costs and contribute to a better quality of life and while there are signs that consumers are already doing so, more could be done. Taking control of our household finances may be the only way we can steer through these turbulent times until we reach a point where we can start to see our quality of life improve.”
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