Today’s shortage of primary school places in the UK foreshadows increasing shortages of all kinds as the population keeps rising.
Commented Population Matters chief executive Simon Ross, “The shortage in primary school places is not an isolated issue. It is just one example of the problems arising from our increasing numbers.”
In some areas, more than a third of children are not placed in the school preferred by their parents, according to the BBC.
The UK population rose by four million during the last 10 years and is forecast to continue rising at the same rate. The growth is a cause of all of the following:
- rising house prices and rents, residential overcrowding, smaller homes, social housing waiting lists, and loss of green spaces, the greenbelt and biodiversity to development;
- rising transport costs, delays and pollution from traffic congestion, and overcrowding on public transport;
- rising costs and reduced security of water, energy and waste services, environmental damage arising from providing such services, and rising emissions of greenhouse gases;
- reduced access to public services such as health and education;
- greater dependence on overseas resources when demand is rising around the world; and
- health issues arising from increased stress and pollution.
“England is Europe’s most crowded country — for a prosperous future, we need to stabilize our population”, said Ross.