THE latest UK population projections showed the country’s population is expected to increase by 10 million within the next 25 years.
Currently, there are 64.4 million people living in Britain and the number is set to rise to 74.3 million by 2039. The National Statistics Office (ONS) said population increase is due to migration and birth rates. Statisticians also projected that by 2039, Britain’s society would have continued aging, with one in 12 people aged 80 or over.
Chief executive of Population Matters Simon Ross said: “It is imperative that we address the factors contributing to increased numbers. We are all affected adversely by the rapid population growth of recent decades – from pressures on housing and public services to the environment and climate change.”
He added that natural resources would not be enough to sustain the number of people in the UK or the planet.
“It’s time we addressed the population problem, by improving sex education and family planning provision and by increasing public awareness of the strains population and consumption growth place on us. If we are to live sustainably and happily in the long-term, population growth is an issue that cannot be ignored,” Mr Ross concluded.