High cost of living pushes younger adults to emigrate

Younger adults consider moving abroad due to rising cost of living, while over 55s cite bad weather, it has been revealed.

Almost a third of the UK public (32 per cent) would consider relocating abroad due to the rising cost in living, a survey has found. The study, conducted by Bishop’s Move the UK’s largest privately owned removals company, also found that the when it comes to motives for moving abroad, a significant proportion of younger adults are feeling the pinch of increasing living costs and would leave the country for this reason. However, those 55 or over – the baby boomer generation – are more likely to cite the country’s bad weather for emigrating abroad.

As unemployment rates soar and financial problems mount due to rising inflation, the research, conducted amongst 1000 respondents, reveals that a significant percentage of the future UK workforce will consider leaving the country behind.

Thirty-six per cent of those aged between 25-34 and 32 per cent of those aged 25-44 will consider emigrating and starting a new life and career abroad due to escalating basic living costs.

However, when it came to the older generation, just 24 per cent of those surveyed aged 55 or over would blame rising costs as the reason they’d leave these shores, despite recent research from SAGA which revealed living costs had risen more sharply for those below retirement age than what is commonly believed.

Other results from the survey revealed 10 per cent of the UK public will consider leaving due a lack of trust in the current Government and nine per cent would leave due to anti-social behaviour issues.

Bishop’s Move comments on the findings: “A lot has been made about how the current high costs of living are affecting the baby boomer generation and impacting their retirement plans, however it seems it is younger adults who are actually willing to leave the UK behind for this reason. Let’s not forget many are just finishing their education, many more hope to start a career, and some are struggling to get onto the UK workforce.

“If the Government goes ahead with its five pence-a-litre fuel rise in April, that will be two price hikes in four months along with the VAT increase. It’s of little wonder that some people are feeling doubtful about their futures on these shores. If the Government isn’t careful, we could lose a generation seeking a more financially stable life abroad.”

New measures to cut delays at Heathrow


Passengers using Heathrow and communities around the airport could benefit from reduced delays, less stacking and fewer unscheduled night flights at the UK’s busiest airport as part of a trial of new measures announced today by Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers.

The measures are set out in the final report by the Government’s South East Airports Taskforce which has been published today. They are focused on making Heathrow more resilient and better able to recover on days when the airport’s operations are disrupted by poor weather or other problems.

When such problems occur, these proposals would allow, exceptionally, both Heathrow’s runways to be used simultaneously for either arrivals or departures as a way to cut delays and cancellations and get punctuality back on track.

The Task-force also endorsed plans for a switch to a smarter, more effective and more passenger-friendly airport security regime for all UK airports – details of which have also been published today for consultation.

Set up to identify operational improvements at the UK’s three busiest airports – the South East Airports Taskforce included representatives from airlines, airport operators, regulators and other interests.

Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers said:

“Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports play a vital role in supporting the UK economy. Improving the reliability of these airports, particularly Heathrow, was a priority for the Task-force.

“These measures have the potential to deliver greater reliability for passengers, while reducing the impact of unscheduled night flights on local communities. Trialling these changes will allow their benefits and impacts to be assessed and there will be extensive engagement and consultation with local communities before any decision is taken on whether to make the changes permanent.

“Coupled with today’s proposals to give UK airports more flexibility in the way they deliver airport security, passengers should begin to see real improvements. I am grateful to all Taskforce members for working so constructively together to help make our airports better.”

Under existing arrangements, Heathrow operates largely on a runway alternation system, whereby one runway is used for arrivals and the other for departures – with the roles reversed halfway through the day to provide respite from noise for residents living near the end of the runways. The Government has made clear its support for the continuation of runway alternation.