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House Prices

Jenny Kleeman explores places at the extremes of UK society, uncovering the stories behind a revealing statistic.

Brighton has the most internet searches for the word lonely. Plymouth is top for debt problems. Aldershot has the most Buddhists. Jenny Kleeman explores locations at the extremes of UK society, uncovering the stories behind a revealing statistic.

The Office for National Statistics gathers data on everything - the economy, employment, even our wellbeing. We have more data available than ever before, including from search engines, and increasingly the government and big businesses are making crucial judgments based on these statistics. But these numbers can't tell us everything. In this series, Jenny explores the true stories behind the figures.

Episode 4: House Prices
Jenny is in Copeland, Cumbria. According to the Office for National Statistics, it's the most affordable place to buy a home in England and Wales, hitting a sweet spot where low house prices are combined with high average wages. Jenny meets millennials under the age of 25 and able to buy a house. How does getting on the housing ladder so young affect their life? And is it the utopia it seems?

Produced by Paul Smith

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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15 minutes

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Thu 30 Aug 2018 13:45