Brent is the unhappiest place in Britain

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 13 October 2017

Brent is the unhappiest place to live in the UK, according to a study by Rightmove Picture: Google Street View

Brent is the unhappiest place to live in the UK, according to a study by Rightmove Picture: Google Street View


Brent is officially the unhappiest place to live in the UK.

At least that’s according to a survey by Righmove.

The property site asked 17,000 people across the country how happy they are where they live and also to rank twelve happiness factors.

Unfortunately, Brent came bottom when all the numbers were crunched.

The borough came 159th out of 159, falling just below fellow London boroughs Barking and Dagenham, Newham, and Hillingdon.

Factors for levels of happiness included the quality of local services such as schools, restaurants, and shops, sense of belonging, community spirit and access to green spaces.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, responded to the study saying: “Brent is a borough full of creativity, energy and potential. With food, fashion, music and arts from all over the world, we are one of the best places to live in London.

96% of our schools are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted; our GDP grew at 5% in 2016, twice the national average, putting us in the top-5 fastest growing boroughs; and in a recent attitude survey 84% of residents said they were satisfied with their area as a place to live.

“It’s disgraceful that Rightmove think it is ok to run down local communities by carrying out skewed surveys to generate publicity. That’s not a right move, more like a wrong move.”

The happiest place in London is Richmond on Thames, closely followed by Bromley and Camden. Leamington Spa in Warwickshire was named the happiest place in the UK.


  • Spot on right move! It’s true though Brent is miserable, with a leader who only cares about his “metropolis” And neglecting the poor on the other side of Wembley, Brent is so diverse but how does he promote that? A fireworks display in a car park with a top secret soundtrack? By advertising for grants for £1mil by promoting our diversity? Back the bid? No thank you!! Yes, we clearly are the most diverse borough let’s see if we win and what he’ll do with that money!

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    Maria M

    Friday, October 27, 2017

  • It's not surprising Cllr Butt is in denial of a council that has removed majority of libraries, all sports contact within the council (Brent being home of the Wembley Stadium) and youth clubs. So the youths have nothing to do except fight and kill each other. Guaranteed revenue arethese ridiculous parking permits or parking fines, when there is nowhere to park in BRENT. Wake up and listen Cllr Butt

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    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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