Liz reacted swiftly to challenge the Survey and gave the following comment to the Gurn:
"It is a very narrow survey and includes Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey with Inverness which has a couple of areas of high deprivation which will affect our position significantly.
It is based on life expectancy and salary and I feel if smaller areas had been surveyed we would not have appeared anywhere on the negative list and may have even rocketed into the best areas based on our high levels of sunshine and mild climate, which were also used as criteria for this survey.
We cannot however be complacent and we must have a closer look at the study and see what is within our power to improve for the folk within our boundary. The Council working with NHS has a programme of preventative spend some of which is targeted to older people to try to ensure healthier, longer more active lives.
If Whiteness gets up and running as an energy base I would expect incomes to raise significantly in our patch.
No matter what this survey says I believe Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey along with the rest of Highlands is still the best place to stay in the UK and I'm sure a significant proportion of folk who have decided to stay, work and live their lives here agree with me."