Thanks for the replies all Cuts are happening everywhere at the moment, you have to look at all the other benefits, especially the ones that are free. The wildlife in Shetland is superb throughout the year, there is great scenery and for me as a photographer plenty of opportunities. Yes the weather can be bad in winter but what about the warmth of the community ? another plus is living close to the sea, we are 70 miles away at the moment. Even with cheaper fuel in England you don't get the benefits living in a large city, with traffic jams everywhere (sometime 45 mins to go 5 miles) , the fuel gage drops quickly and you are spending lots of quality time sat in the car. As for work down here you are normally up against around 200+ applicants for each job, at any level so I am sure the odds are better in Shetland. I am sure I can think of many more benefits, what about you ?