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17.08.12

GMB calls for investment to match population growth

Investment in social infrastructure is necessary to meet the needs of a growing population and reflate the economy, the union GMB has stated.

GMB conducted an analysis on population growth between 2001 and 2011, based on census data for England and Wales.

Many areas need more schools, housing, improved transport links, upgraded utilities, health facilities, recreation areas and care for the elderly, the GMA suggests.

The data covers 174 areas in England and Wales, including counties, London and metropolitan boroughs and unitary authorities. Population grew in all ten regions in England and Wales with 41 seeing population grow by 10% or more. Tower Hamlets saw the highest population growth, at 29.6%.

Population fell between 2001 and 2011 in just 10 areas.

Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary for public services, said: “National and local government and the private sector must use this growth in population as the springboard to reflate the economy by providing the social infrastructure this population needs.

“Leadership is needed to deliver such a programme as well as the £200bn investment to deliver essential energy and infrastructure projects.”

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