UK population levels are expected to grow to 70 million by 2027, and many local authorities are already facing significant difficulties linked to population growth. This not only means that local authorities need more and more money to service their ever-expanding populations, it can also cause dissatisfaction among their residents.
Population Matters has published a briefing outlining the difficulties faced by the local authorities with the highest population growth rates in the UK. High population growth has a negative impact on housing, infrastructure, education and healthcare. While these impacts are felt everywhere, local authorities that face the highest population growth rates experience them more severely.
In the short term, it may be possible to cope with these problems through extra government support, but it is impossible to do so indefinitely. With population size expected to grow significantly and consistently in most regions of the UK, the problems faced by high-growth authorities such as Tower Hamlets and Lambeth will spread.
The government should see these population-related issues as an indication of what will happen in other areas of the UK if population growth continues unabated. They must realise that policies to stabilise population growth are urgently needed to prevent this from happening.