Official projections by the National Audit Office (NAO)have said that the UK’s population is set to increase by 9.7 million over the next 25 years to nearly 75 million by 2039. These increases, say the NAO will be made up 51% immigration, and 49% natural increase (birth over death rates).
Steven Woolfe the UKIP Migration spokesman said, “With the way in which it accounts for the number of people immigrating into the UK in these population figures, the Office for National Statistics joins the Office for Budget Responsibility in being a government funded organisation that is not fit for purpose in terms of helping relevant authorities plan future public services. How the ONS can use a figure of 185,000 for net migration for their projections after 5 years when the real number is currently 330,000 and on a rising trajectory needs explaining. This important number has a critical knock on effect on bands throughout the population age spectrum and can drastically alter birth rates.