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Torbay the unhappiest place to live? You've got to be kidding...

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 27, 2012

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TORBAY is one of the unhappiest places in the country according to an official survey.

The Bay languishes at the bottom of the regional league table for contentment and fares little better in the UK ranking.

The first annual results of David Cameron's so-called happiness index found 29 per cent of people gave a low or very low rating for 'life satisfaction'.

This is ahead of Bristol at 26.1 per cent, and way above the 21 per cent reported in Devon.

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The regional average is 22 per cent.

Torbay also has among the poorest ratings for 'life satisfaction', with an average score of 7.17 out of 10 — ninth from bottom for the whole of the UK.

Devon scored 7.56 putting it 32nd from top. The regional average is 7.52 out of 10.

Around a fifth of people in Torbay indicated they did not feel the things they did in life were worthwhile, compared to 17 per cent in Devon.

And almost a third (32 per cent) gave a low or very low rating to the question over whether they were happy yesterday, which is above the UK average of 29 per cent.

But the Bay fared better on the anxiety scale. The survey found 38 per cent of residents reporting they felt 'anxious yesterday'.

This is below other parts of the region such as Plymouth which recorded 43 per cent. The UK average is 40 per cent.

Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders said: "I am sure if we had ages closer to the national average and jobs which are sustainable rather than seasonal and insecure, we would probably be the happiest place."

He added: "We have a wonderful environment and climate. There's good schools and a skilled workforce, but our economy is shot through. We have failed to diversify our economy away from low value employment.

"The prospect of the bypass is the beacon of hope for the future."

The figures come from the first Integrated Household Survey of 200,000 people aged 16 and over between April 2011 and March 2012.

The findings for Torbay were based on a sample size of 948.

It was conducted as part of the Prime Minister's initiative, launched in 2010, to assess the wellbeing of the nation alongside economic data like GDP.

Glenn Everett, ONS programme director for the Measuring National Well-being Programme, said: "By examining and analysing both objective statistics as well as subjective information, a more complete picture of national wellbeing can be formed.

"Understanding people's views of wellbeing is an important addition to existing official statistics and has potential uses in the policy making process and to aid other decision making."

Mr Cameron has described the programme to measure the UK's sense of well-being as crucial to finding out what the Government can do to 'really improve lives'.

But responding to the Government's publication of a 'happiness index', Michael Dugher, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister said: "This is a statement-of-the-bleeding-obvious, a waste of taxpayers' money and it makes Ministers look even more out of touch.

"You don't need a 'happiness index' to know that people without a job are unhappier than people in work — and we have over a million young people unemployed. You don't need a 'well-being survey' to know people in poor health are unhappier than healthy people — and the Tory-led Government has wasted billions on a top-down NHS reorganisation while sacking 4,000 nurses.

"With a double-dip recession made in Downing Street, you don't need a well-being survey to know that David Cameron is taking Britain in the wrong direction."

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  • sunday72  |  August 12 2012, 8:26PM

    It doesn't surprise me. I lived in Paignton for several years. The public verbal and physical abuse of often quite small children appalled me. I have lived in North Devon for 2 years now and have never seen a single similar incident. This is not an affluent area but parenting approaches are quite different.

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  • Bod66  |  August 12 2012, 6:03PM

    "Torbay should be the happiest place in Britain. You can live in the centre of the resort on benefits and with a drug problem. You get your every need catered for and need put no effort into life. Of course you wouldn't bring a family on holiday here, but it's thumbs up for addicts." With London 2012 closing ceremomy approaching I would like to quote that famous London Philosopher `Del Boy`.... " Shut up you tart "

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  • Bod66  |  August 12 2012, 4:29PM

    MickMoo you really should stop doing the Castle Citceus round about. clean washed an educated, hmm are you sure about that from your air conditioned car. Non violent lol, your should curb crawl Babbacombe road around 8 pm your see the Spanish, Germans an Italians kicking seven bells out off each other( weather permitting). Home grown drug using alcoholics.. so your solution to the break down of the family unit an the despair of a futureless youth is to mock them on piddly websites...if you aint part of the solution your part of the problem

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  • Bod66  |  August 12 2012, 4:20PM

    Without the foreign students Torbay would probably die on its ass, but I wish they would look before walking into oncoming traffic not walk 10 abreast and not form a 20 yard queue so each one can buy a Mars Bar.

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  • MickMoo  |  August 12 2012, 11:00AM

    Multicultural. The influx of foreign students every summer, clean, washed, educated, non violent, around castle circus are a breath of fresh air after a winter of homegrown drug using alcoholic criminals that you see around castle circus and the centre of Torquay the rest of the year.

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  • maninmuffti  |  August 12 2012, 10:10AM

    this is how england was 50 yrs ago i came here 20 yrs ago to escape a big city , multicutrual no thanks torbay is ok

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  • Bod66  |  August 12 2012, 1:14AM

    http://tinyurl.com/7jva3 Mickmoo you should really get out more

  • MickMoo  |  August 11 2012, 11:48PM

    Where is Shrangrala, does it exist, too many drugs I think.

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  • Bod66  |  August 11 2012, 10:14PM

    Too quote a song from the second summer of love 1988( if u wernt there then give it up,,,,Sunrise O.O) Ive seen the future, you cant afford it...

  • Bod66  |  August 11 2012, 9:56PM

    I take it the people who vote Torbay sucks havent lived outside Torbay Compared to London this is Shrangrala count your blessings, you could be hiding in Damascus waiting for the end...... Count your blessings.

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