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Areas 'have high quality of life'

Blaby in Leicestershire and Rutland are the only parts of England outside the South to feature in the top 30 of a UK-wide study into quality of life.

The areas made it into the Halifax Quality of Life survey top 30, with Elmbridge in Surrey topping the table for the second year running.

Most of the top spots went to places in the South East.

The survey scored towns in key areas of the labour market, housing, the environment, education and health.

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The county of Rutland came 20th and the Blaby area 23rd.

Nitesh Patel, housing economist at Halifax, said: "Many areas in southern England score strongly in categories such as the labour and housing markets.

"Northern areas tend to perform well on physical environment characteristics, particularly on CO2 emissions, and lower percentages of empty homes."

No local authorities in Scotland made it into the top 100, with Aberdeenshire the highest ranked area at 153rd.

In Wales the table showed the Vale of Glamorgan offering the best quality of life in the region, but coming only 194th overall.

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