29 Sep

Trends see London population surge

Trends see London population surge

New figures showing where Britain's population has risen in the past decade have revealed that London has seen a more rapid increase than elsewhere.

The capital saw an eight per cent increase in its population to 7.56 million compared with a five per cent rise across the UK from 58.31 million to 60.98 million, HBOS has stated.

Using figures based on Office for National Statistics data, HBOS also noted that the four highest increases by local authority were in central and west London, these being the City, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Camden, all of which saw rises of 25 per cent or higher.

Of the 74 authorities seeing an increase in population of over ten per cent, only four were in northern England, of which the city of Manchester was the sole metropolitan authority.

The trend may help to explain why house prices have risen faster in London and the south in recent years, as increases in population have put pressure on housing supply.

Earlier this year London Councils, the body representing the 32 individual metropolitan boroughs of the capital, projected that London's population will rise by another 720,000 by 2026 and called for another 353,000 homes to be built in the metropolis.

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