Numbers matter

Jul 7, 2021 | Blog post

June 30th was the deadline for citizens of European Countries to apply for settled status.  The age profile of the UK population underpins Government policy.  From pre-school to retirement having accurate numbers determines housing, education and health provision.

The home office believed there to be between 3.5m and 4.1m Europeans in the UK.  It came as a surprise when 5-6m applied.  This is a happy surprise because they are younger and therefore more productive.  Overall 19% of British people are aged 65 or older.  Only 2% of the applications for settled status came from Europeans in that age group.

In the next 5 years we clearly need more houses and schools.

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