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Brighton and Hove one of UK's least affordable places to live

The Argus: Brighton and Hove one of UK's least affordable places to live Brighton and Hove one of UK's least affordable places to live

Brighton and Hove has been named as the fifth least affordable place to live in the country.

House prices in the city now outperform wages by a ratio of more than seven to one, with only leafy Oxford, Winchester, Truro and Bath proving less affordable, according to figures published yesterday by Lloyds bank.

But questions have been raised as to whether house prices are the real cause for the discrepancy, or if Brighton and Hove simply doesn’t provide enough high-paying jobs.

Tracey Allen, Campaigns Manager for the Living Wage, said salaries have never ‘stayed in line’ with the increase in house prices in the city. She said: “From the work we have done on the living wage campaign here in Brighton and Hove we have learnt that it can be financially challenging to live and work here, especially if you work in certain sectors.

“Historically the city is made up of a large workforce in the tourism, hospitality and catering sectors which traditionally don’t pay as well as, for example, our growing digital sector.

“The more this ‘attractive’ city can ‘attract’ digital and other companies with higher salaries to work here, the greater spend each individual will have. In the long run this will help to support the overall commerce in the city and everyone in it.

“Sadly salaries have just never stayed in line with the increase in house prices, not unique to Brighton but we are a very exaggerated example.”

According to Patrick Kneath from Beaumonts Estate Agents in Brighton, the reason for the discrepancy is a mixture of both house prices and low salaries. He said: “People are happy to have a job at the moment and employers are reluctant to start putting up wages.”

The Office for National Statistics revealed that the average annual wage in Brighton and Hove is £28,173 a year while according to the Land Registry the average house now costs £241,871.

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2:26pm Mon 10 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

In other words, sensible people are desperately trying to escape from 'the most affordable' places to live in the UK.
In other words, sensible people are desperately trying to escape from 'the most affordable' places to live in the UK. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 7

3:08pm Mon 10 Mar 14

planetpmc says...

Now proof-read the article and correct it accordingly ffs.
Now proof-read the article and correct it accordingly ffs. planetpmc
  • Score: 13

3:08pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Harry Brown says...

'...one of the least most affordable...' Why complicate the sentence with the unnecessary 'most'?
'...one of the least most affordable...' Why complicate the sentence with the unnecessary 'most'? Harry Brown
  • Score: 11

3:28pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Richada says...

Hardly news to most of us living here, although slightly surprised to see Truro on such a list.
Hardly news to most of us living here, although slightly surprised to see Truro on such a list. Richada
  • Score: 18

6:50pm Mon 10 Mar 14

LeonBIank666 says...

I though St. Albans would be in the top 5 to be honest.
I though St. Albans would be in the top 5 to be honest. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 5

7:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

stumpyshimmans says...

As if we're surprised. Try living at Preston Park when the Greens add another £140 for a Parking Permit!
As if we're surprised. Try living at Preston Park when the Greens add another £140 for a Parking Permit! stumpyshimmans
  • Score: 12

11:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Even more unaffordable if you need to park here too!
Even more unaffordable if you need to park here too! Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 9

3:15am Tue 11 Mar 14

Zeta Function says...

Don't read the Argus too much.

You'll end up in therapy.
Don't read the Argus too much. You'll end up in therapy. Zeta Function
  • Score: 8

9:42am Tue 11 Mar 14

monkeymoo says...

Least affordable....
...and least desirable!!
Least affordable.... ...and least desirable!! monkeymoo
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Tue 11 Mar 14

DisillusionedBtowner says...

Maybe we should all take to squatting! No, wait, I have self-respect...
Maybe we should all take to squatting! No, wait, I have self-respect... DisillusionedBtowner
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

RedRamsay says...

Are all of your journalists just self-publishing now? Are they even bothering to ask somebody else to read it before it goes live? I could not care less about the content of this article, partly because you guys are horribly unreliable and biased, but also because I was so distracted by the number of careless spelling and grammar mistakes. Are there any professional people working there at all?
Are all of your journalists just self-publishing now? Are they even bothering to ask somebody else to read it before it goes live? I could not care less about the content of this article, partly because you guys are horribly unreliable and biased, but also because I was so distracted by the number of careless spelling and grammar mistakes. Are there any professional people working there at all? RedRamsay
  • Score: 4

10:58am Wed 12 Mar 14

hubby says...

Least affordable,least clean,least friendly.........I moved away eleven years ago and have never looked back.
Spain is cheaper,friendlier,c
leaner and the sun shines nearly every day.
I loved growing up in Brighton in the 60's,70's and 80's.Then it started to fill up with drunks and druggies followed by tramps,travellers and immigrants.So glad to have escaped!
Least affordable,least clean,least friendly.........I moved away eleven years ago and have never looked back. Spain is cheaper,friendlier,c leaner and the sun shines nearly every day. I loved growing up in Brighton in the 60's,70's and 80's.Then it started to fill up with drunks and druggies followed by tramps,travellers and immigrants.So glad to have escaped! hubby
  • Score: -4

6:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

brighton bluenose says...

DisillusionedBtowner wrote:
Maybe we should all take to squatting! No, wait, I have self-respect...
No - you probably have and can afford a 'home'!!
[quote][p][bold]DisillusionedBtowner[/bold] wrote: Maybe we should all take to squatting! No, wait, I have self-respect...[/p][/quote]No - you probably have and can afford a 'home'!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -1

6:53pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

hubby wrote:
Least affordable,least clean,least friendly.........I moved away eleven years ago and have never looked back.
Spain is cheaper,friendlier,c

leaner and the sun shines nearly every day.
I loved growing up in Brighton in the 60's,70's and 80's.Then it started to fill up with drunks and druggies followed by tramps,travellers and immigrants.So glad to have escaped!
Spain I am sure you will agree has a significant population of drunks and druggies and tramps and travellers; and a very high level of both legal and illegal immigrants.
Minor crime such as vandalism of cars is rife and in most city centres of a night you don't wear a watch and hide your wallet well out of sight.
That is of course unless you are living in a different Spain than the one I travel widely in.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: Least affordable,least clean,least friendly.........I moved away eleven years ago and have never looked back. Spain is cheaper,friendlier,c leaner and the sun shines nearly every day. I loved growing up in Brighton in the 60's,70's and 80's.Then it started to fill up with drunks and druggies followed by tramps,travellers and immigrants.So glad to have escaped![/p][/quote]Spain I am sure you will agree has a significant population of drunks and druggies and tramps and travellers; and a very high level of both legal and illegal immigrants. Minor crime such as vandalism of cars is rife and in most city centres of a night you don't wear a watch and hide your wallet well out of sight. That is of course unless you are living in a different Spain than the one I travel widely in. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 0

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