For me two practical things keep me here - work and public transport. I know both exist in other places but not to the level I need, esp. public transport. I can't really walk, so getting to the bus stop is an arse, but then at least I usually only have to wait a few minutes. And I will never be able to drive, and neither will my daughter (who is unlikely to be able to live independently) so I have two people to think of. The few other places that have decent public transport are also expensive, though not as much as London because nowhere is. We're in social housing. There is still a lot of social housing in London. That's one of the things the Tories are trying to stop.