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Surrey 'has best quality of life'
People living in an area in the Surrey stockbroker belt have the best quality of life in Britain, a survey has found.

Earnings in the Elmbridge local authority area are among the highest in the country at 1,112 a week and 95% of householders enjoy good or fair health.

The area has the highest average house price outside London at 457,461, the Halifax home insurance survey found.

Hart in Hampshire, Wokingham in Berkshire and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, are just behind.

More sunshine

More than 75% of Elmbridge residents own their own home and the area enjoys two hours more sunshine a week than the British average.

A total of 16 out of the top 25 local authorities with the highest quality of life are in the South East.

"Looking across a range of indicators it's clear that residents in Elmbridge in Surrey have the best quality of life in Great Britain," said Halifax economist Tim Crawford.

"However, house prices in Elmbridge are the highest outside of London, showing that residents clearly have to pay a premium for their high standard of living."

Chief Executive of Elmbridge Borough Council Mike Lockwood said: "Whilst we can't take the credit for the sunshine, we are delighted that Elmbridge has received the recognition it deserves. "

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