Brent is the unhappiest place in Britain
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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.
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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.