Euan McGrory: More reasons to be cheerful about Edinburgh life

Edinburgh Castle from the National Museum
Edinburgh Castle from the National Museum
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When it comes to life in the Lothians, there is always something to grumble about.

Yes, it can be a very expensive place to live, especially if you are renting. The strain on public services is clear everywhere from potholes to long waits to see the doctor. The city can get pretty crowded too. These issues can’t be lightly brushed aside - but it is healthy to step back and take stock from time to time.

Today we report on two studies which highlight Edinburgh as one of the best places to work in the UK - and one of the best to retire. That’s not a bad combination. One of the interesting aspects of the TotallyMoney study, which looked at working life, is that it measured the undoubtedly high cost of living against job opportunities and salaries. It concluded that the better wages and job prospects on offer in the Capital outweighed the increased costs when compared to other cities. That doesn’t apply to everyone of course and far too many people remain locked out of the benefits of the city’s thriving economy.

But is is a salutary reminder of the continuing resilience of Edinburgh’s economy at a time when such things cannot be taken for granted.