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The latest census for England and Wales shows that the population has increased to 59.6 million, but the growth in the number of people in these countries has slowed from 7.8% between 2001 and 2011 to 6, 3% between 2011 and 2021. The number of under-fives in England and Wales fell by 7.6% between 2011 and 2021 to reach 3.2 million.

Meanwhile, the number of people in the 70 to 74 age bracket has now reached nearly three million. There are half a million people aged 90 and over.

The figures have prompted discussions about the impact of a population decline on the economy and calls for action by some.

Author Dr. Paul Morland warns that a shortage of births today will lead to a shortage of workers 20 years from now and that politicians have no “incentive” to act due to the conflict between electoral and demographic cycles.

The author of Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers says England and Wales are approaching a ‘demographic emergency’ which needs to be discussed by ‘informed’ people rather than ‘nuts and cracks’. fanatics”.

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Crowds on Princes Street, one of Scotland's largest and busiest shopping streets, in Edinburgh

Crowds on Princes Street, one of Scotland’s largest and busiest shopping streets, in Edinburgh (Image: Getty)

He suggests the UK should aim to have a “moderately” growing population to ensure a steady increase in the number of workers.

Dr. Morland also recommends what he describes as a “self-cultivated” policy, to provide most of the population growth “within our racially and ethnically diverse country”, rather than by immigration.

He puts forward a number of ideas that he says will increase the birth rate, including a national day to celebrate parenthood.

A telegram from the Queen for a family with a third child; Sacrificing green belt land around London for cheaper family homes and retargeting Child Benefit to encourage families to have children are also part of his proposals.



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Two mothers push their son and daughter on the swings in the park

Two mothers push their son and daughter on the swings in a park (Image: Getty)

Dr Morland, writing in the Sunday Times, continues: “Introduce a ‘negative Child Benefit’ tax for those who have no offspring.

“It may seem unfair to those who can’t or don’t want to have children, but it recognizes that we all rely on the next generation and everyone should contribute to the cost of creating that generation.”

A final recommendation from the demographer at St Antony’s College, Oxford is to educate people that getting pregnant gets harder with age.

The ideas sparked a backlash on social media with one critic making a swear-laden comment on Twitter.

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Ian Dunt, columnist for The i, fumed: “It can go in the f****** bin. And then we can kick the crap out of the bin, set it on fire and throw it over the top af** cliff.”

Another Twitter user, Lara de Belder, added: “I’m sorry, what the hell?! Negative Child Benefit?? Paul Morland must be kidding!!”

Twitter user Bing Chandler commented: “Paul Morland seems like a modern-day Malthus. The idea that technology and changing habits could supplement a declining population seems to have eluded him completely, raising more peasants for factories is his only solution.”

Some have welcomed Dr Morland’s ideas with Twitter user Colin Brazier writing: “The UK must accept that endless immigration is not a long-term solution to Britain’s falling population. It’s time to ‘grow your own'”. Brilliant article in today’s Sunday Times by Paul Morland.”

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A father in a parking lot, holding his little boy in one arm while installing his stroller (Image: Getty)

More than 24 million households across England and Wales completed census questionnaires in the spring of last year, with a record 89% of responses completed online.

Figures show the South East remains the most populous region in England with 9.3 million people, followed by London (8.8 million). The northeast was the least populated (2.6 million).

The east of England saw the largest percentage increase in population between the 2011 census and 2021, up 8.3% from 5.8 million to 6.3 million.

In London, the population increased by 7.7% in a decade, from 8.2 million to 8.8 million.

A total of 25 local authorities recorded population declines between the 2011 census and the 2021 survey, with Kensington and Chelsea showing the largest percentage population declines (9.6% decline from 158,649 to 143,400) .

The new figures show that almost one in five people (18.6%) are aged 65 and over, up from 16.4% in 2011.

In North Norfolk, a third (33.4%) of its population on Census Day was aged 65 and over – the highest proportion of any local authority in England and Wales.

There are 56 regions where at least 25% of the population is aged 65 and over.

ONS figures show that 51.0% of the population is female and 49.0% male. This compares to 50.8% women and 49.2% men in 2011.


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