On 25 May 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its 2014-based subnational population projections. These projections provide an indication of the future population size, and age structure, of each region and local authority in England; figures which, in turn, can be used to predict demand for housing, school places and other public services by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in England.
The projections are forecasting continued population growth in the majority of English regions, particularly in London, the East and the South East. This provides a good opportunity to engage with local media and politicians to raise the issue and to emphasise the need for greater concern about population growth when making political decisions.
We have contacted national and large regional newspapers and broadcasters to ensure they are aware that the projections are imminent, and to offer spokespeople. We have also sent out a press release and statement.
In order to maximise this opportunity, we have prepared some material to assist those who wish to use the subnational projections as an opportunity to contact their local media and to highlight Population Matters’ key concerns and messages on a local level. We provide both a model letter and quote to local press, and a model letter to local politicians — both of which can easily be adapted to suit your region or your writing style. You may also like to consult our guidelines on contacting the media and preparing for an interview.
Note: The statistics to be included in draft letters were published on the ONS website on 25 May. Please do check the ONS website for your regional or local authority projections. We have also produced a briefing and a data summary.
For those of us in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, subnational projections are also due to be released soon, as follows:
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