Population in the UK

The UK population is one of the fastest growing populations in Europe and currently stands at 66 million people. If current trends continue, the United Kingdom is expected to become the most populous nation in Europe by the second half of this century, despite its small land area.

Learn the facts about population in the UK here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about population in the UK below.

11 October 2017

Livestock, extinction . . . and population

Last week, Population Matters attended the high-profile Livestock and Extinction conference in London. The conference brought together experts on food production, wildlife, the environment, policymaking, and health to examine the impact of industrial agriculture on the natural world and identify solutions.

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10 November 2017

Should greens back immigration controls?

Two senior green campaigners have today released a paper calling on UK environmentalists and people on the political left to recognise the need for action on immigration. 

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Response to Inquiry into Intergenerational fairness

Briefings and submissions

Intergenerational fairness is a welfare issue because the functioning of the welfare state relies on an intergenerational social contract.

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Response to the Domestic Implementation of the SDGs Inquiry of the Environmental Audit Committee

Briefings and submissions

The Government should consider population stabilisation policies to enable the successful implementation of the SDGs

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THE DEMOGRAPHY OF SCOTLAND AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVOLUTION

Briefings and submissions

Scotland’s population is growing, but more slowly and ageing more quickly than the remainder of the United Kingdom.

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The cost of population growth in the UK

Briefings and submissions

Each additional person requires £165,000 to be spent on housing, infrastructure, equipment and training, to extend to them the services, living standard and employment opportunities of current UK residents

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The UK in 2050

Briefings and submissions

While economic changes, urbanisation, technological advancement and environmental degradation all influence consumption and resource-availability, population growth determines the severity of the influence of each factor.

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Public Health Cuts

Briefings and submissions

Following the announcement of £200 million cuts to public health in the UK, we examine the potential impact of these cuts on sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

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High population growth in the UK’s local authorities

Briefings and submissions

UK population levels are expected to grow to 70 million by 2027. Many local authorities already face significant difficulties linked to population growth.

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Public services in the UK

Briefings and submissions

In this briefing, the challenges faced by both public services, and the consequences this has for society, will be explored.

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