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Burnley Best Place in the UK to Make a Living

30 Aug , 2016  

A recent study ranked Burnley top of the league when it comes to making a living. I am delighted to see that this research highlights so many positive aspects of living in Burnley and that it is receiving so much media coverage both locally and nationally. As Burnley’s MP and a Burnley resident I feel proud to call this town my home and there is more to be excited about going forward; Burnley is a town on the move and I want people to know it.

New employers, including several manufacturing companies with international reputations for quality and innovation, have in recent years recognised the many benefits that Burnley has to offer business; creating quality employment opportunities for local residents reflected in the survey’s 4% job growth. Good access to motorways and a new direct rail link to Manchester to complement the existing bus service, has also opened up opportunities for those looking to work or live in our town. Burnley’s new secondary schools and sixth form centre are working hard to ensure that our young people receive not only the highest standard of education and training to fulfil their life potential but also to provide the skilled workforce needed for Burnley’s growing economy. New homes designed to meet the requirements of modern families are being planned and built as we speak and sit alongside one of the largest heritage regeneration schemes in the country. House prices and rents are still low compared to many parts of the country.

Of course this does not mean that Burnley is a Utopia. Positive though we are, we must acknowledge that there is much still to be done to ensure that everyone benefits from the promise and growing prosperity of our town. With public services straining under the weight of huge cuts in Government funding, the most vulnerable and disadvantaged too often bear the brunt. Similarly cuts in welfare, police funding and the health service will undoubtedly have an impact on those living in our town and other towns across Britain. But in Burnley we have never backed away from a challenge and I know first-hand that the stakeholders of Burnley are working tirelessly to come up with innovative ways of overcoming the many challenges we face; a fact formally recognised in 2013 when Burnley was officially recognised as the most enterprising town in the UK.

The survey focuses on the economic benefits of living in Burnley; however there are so many other reasons that our town is number 1 in my opinion: rolling hills and beautiful scenery on our doorstep in every direction, cultural jewels like Towneley and Gawthorpe Halls, The Singing Ringing Tree and award winning parks and gardens, not to mention our beloved Premiership football team in the very heart of our town. I could go on and given the opportunity I will!

We are town with heart, hope and history. So much to be proud of and to strive for. We are up to the challenge. We are number 1 and now its official!I am delighted to see that this research highlights so many positive aspects of living in Burnley and that it is receiving so much media coverage both locally and nationally. As Burnley’s MP and a Burnley resident I feel proud to call this town my home and there is more to be excited about going forward; Burnley is a town on the move and I want people to know it.

New employers, including several manufacturing companies with international reputations for quality and innovation, have in recent years recognised the many benefits that Burnley has to offer business; creating quality employment opportunities for local residents reflected in the survey’s 4% job growth. Good access to motorways and a new direct rail link to Manchester to complement the existing bus service, has also opened up opportunities for those looking to work or live in our town. Burnley’s new secondary schools and sixth form centre are working hard to ensure that our young people receive not only the highest standard of education and training to fulfil their life potential but also to provide the skilled workforce needed for Burnley’s growing economy. New homes designed to meet the requirements of modern families are being planned and built as we speak and sit alongside one of the largest heritage regeneration schemes in the country. House prices and rents are still low compared to many parts of the country.

Of course this does not mean that Burnley is a Utopia. Positive though we are, we must acknowledge that there is much still to be done to ensure that everyone benefits from the promise and growing prosperity of our town. With public services straining under the weight of huge cuts in Government funding, the most vulnerable and disadvantaged too often bear the brunt. Similarly cuts in welfare, police funding and the health service will undoubtedly have an impact on those living in our town and other towns across Britain. But in Burnley we have never backed away from a challenge and I know first-hand that the stakeholders of Burnley are working tirelessly to come up with innovative ways of overcoming the many challenges we face; a fact formally recognised in 2013 when Burnley was officially recognised as the most enterprising town in the UK.

The survey focuses on the economic benefits of living in Burnley; however there are so many other reasons that our town is number 1 in my opinion: rolling hills and beautiful scenery on our doorstep in every direction, cultural jewels like Towneley and Gawthorpe Halls, The Singing Ringing Tree and award winning parks and gardens, not to mention our beloved Premiership football team in the very heart of our town. I could go on and given the opportunity I will!

We are town with heart, hope and history. So much to be proud of and to strive for. We are up to the challenge. We are number 1 and now its official!

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