Lincolnshire residents may have been dismayed on Friday, December 11 to find out the county had been ranked among the 10 worst places to live in the country.
Comparison platform B.heard graded regions on their attractiveness in a ‘dependability index’ by comparing a variety of sources like crime rates, fire services, planning and health and opinion surveys.
The worst region in the country to live in, according to the company’s report, is Humberside for essential services overall. Dorset is listed as the best place to live in England.
Lincolnshire was given a 10th place ranking based on all measures including crime, health, schools, homelessness and deprivation.
The study suggests the 10 worst places to live are:
- West Midlands
- South Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
On the flip side, one element of the study focussed on the safety of targeted areas, based on crimes reported per 1,000 people. From this, the company ranked Lincolnshire as the fifth safest place to live.
The county also appeared in the breakdown of standout areas for planning applications processed in the agreed timeframe. It was listed as the fourth worst area for processing applications.
The B.heard study is the first to combine nationally published stats on public services with the results of public opinion surveys.
B.heard CEO Oscar Vickerman said: “B.heard is about giving people the full picture – whether that’s how dependable their bank is or how efficient their local council is.
“This latest study builds on our work to gather all available data from regulators and government bodies and turn this into transparent, useful information for us all.
“The majority of people believe they simply don’t have a voice when it comes to how their local services are run. The first step to address this is to give everyone a clear picture of the standard of service they are receiving.”