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Wokingham named as best family town

Wokingham in Berkshire has been named the best place in England and Wales for families to live


According to the Family Hotspots Report,the historic town has excellent schools and a low crime rate.

The study by financial firm OneFamily looked at 70 criteria including green spaces and childcare.

Town Mayor Philip Mirfin said: “We are very fortunate to enjoy excellent schools at every Key Stage, together with some beautiful open spaces and a safe town that has a genuine community spirit.

“We pride ourselves in the arts and culture we offer and this ranges from our May Cultural month through to family fun days, theatre in the park and large scale annual events such as the Food Festival, May Fayre and Winter Carnival.”

Situated just 33 miles from London, the town also has high salaries.

Research shows, they average at £27,362, versus £21,982 in England and Wales.

In second place in the report is the village of Winscombe in Somerset.

Situated close to the famous Cheddar Gorge, the village has enviable Early Years Childcare, with nearly 40% rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, low crime rates and above average salaries.

The Oxfordshire market town of Faringdon scooped third place due to its excellent provision of nursery and primary schools with above average Key Stage 2 results.

In April this year, new research found young people are relying on inheritance in order to get onto the property ladder.

Shelter found that one in six people aged between 25 and 34 had used inheritance from a relative in order to buy a house.

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