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26/05/2016

London population predicted to grow the fastest

Words: Laura Edgar

London, the East of England, and the South-East are all projected to grow at a faster rate than other parts of England, according to latest statistics.

The north-east of England is projected to grow at the slowest rate – by 3.1 per cent over 10 years.

This is according to the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) latest projections.

A spokesman for the ONS said: “All regions of England are projected to see an increase in their population size over the next decade, with London, the east of England and South-East projected to grow faster than the country as a whole. The population is also ageing, with all regions seeing a faster growth in those aged 65 and over than in younger age groups.”

London is projected to grow at the fastest rate by 13.7 per cent, with the East estimated to grow by 8.9 per cent and the South-East 8.1 per cent, over the 10-year period to mid-2024.

The over-65 population is projected to grow at the fastest rate compared with other age groups in every region of the UK. The statistics suggest that all but nine local authorities are projected to grow during the period to mid-2024.

Nine of the 10 fastest-growing areas are in London. The east of London will see the greatest population increase, with Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, and Redbridge all projected to grow. Camden, Islington, Kingston upon Thames and Hillingdon, all in West London, are in the top 10, with Corby the only non-London local authority in the projected fastest-growing local authority areas.

In contrast, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is projected to have biggest fall in population in England, declining by 4.3 per cent to 64,700 by 2024.

A further eight local authority areas are expected to decrease in population, seven of which are in the North-West, one in the North-East and one in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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