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Scotland Population Up 233,400

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

GMB Scotland calls for 233,400 increase in population between 2001 and 2011 to be used as basis for forward planning in Scotland.

Population changes entail reconfigurations and investment in education, housing, transport links, health facilities, and infrastructure and recreation facilities and how we care for the elderly says GMB.

GMB is calling for the 233,400 change in population over the 10 years to 2011 in Scotland to be used as the basis for all forward planning as these changes clearly impacts on the demand for goods and services provided by the private sector and by local authorities, social services and the NHS.

The recently published 2011 Census of Population for Scotland shows that the population grew in 28 out of the 32 council areas in Scotland in this period.

Edinburgh’s population grew by 28,000 in the ten years to 2011, the highest for a council area in Scotland. Next was Aberdeenshire with numbers up by 26,100, followed by Highland 23,200, North Lanarkshire 16,700, West Lothian 16,400, Fife 15,800 and Glasgow City 15,300.

The population fell in Inverclyde by 2,700, West Dunbartonshire by 2,700, Argyll and Bute by 3,100 and East Dunbartonshire by 3,200.

Set out in the table below are population details for all 32 council areas in Scotland for 2001 and 2011. The analysis is by GMB and council areas are ranked by the areas with the highest changes in numbers between 2001 and 2011 according to the 2001 and recently published 2011 Census of Population.

The 4.6 % change in population in Scotland between 2001 and 2011 is similar to the 4.8% change in the North West and higher than the 3.2% in the North East over the same period. The % change is below that for London and eight other regions in England and Wales.

Set out in notes to editors 2 below is the comparative data for all regions in Great Britain for this period and also data for the 30 areas in England and Wales with the highest growth in population numbers. There were 10 areas in England and Wales where the population fell between 2001 and 2011. (See GMB newsroom 16th August 2012 on GMB website for details for all 174 shire counties and boroughs in England and Wales)

CHANGE IN POPULATION IN SCOTLAND BY COUNCIL AREA 2001/2011

                                                                         Population 20011    Population 20111   change                    %  change2

rank                                                                                                                                                                    

            Scotland                                              5,062,000                 5,295,400                 233,400                    4.6

                                                                                                                                                                           

1          Edinburgh, City of                              448,600                    476,600                    28,000                      6.2

2          Aberdeenshire                                    226,900                    253,000                    26,100                      11.5

3          Highland                                             208,900                    232,100                    23,200                      11.1

4          North Lanarkshire                              321,100                    337,800                    16,700                      5.2

5          West Lothian                                       158,700                    175,100                    16,400                      10.3

6          Fife                                                       349,400                    365,200                    15,800                      4.5

7          Glasgow City                                      577,900                    593,200                    15,300                      2.7

8          Perth & Kinross                                   134,900                    146,700                    11,800                      8.7

9          South Lanarkshire                              302,200                    313,800                    11,600                      3.8

10        Falkirk                                                  145,200                    156,000                    10,800                      7.4

11        Aberdeen City                                     212,100                    222,800                    10,700                      5.0

12        East Lothian                                        90,100                      99,700                      9,600                        10.7

13        Angus                                                  108,400                    116,000                    7,600                        7.0

14        Scottish Borders                                 106,800                    113,900                    7,100                        6.7

15        Moray                                                   86,900                      93,300                      6,400                        7.3

16        Stirling                                                 86,200                      90,200                      4,000                        4.7

17        Dumfries & Galloway                          147,800                    151,300                    3,500                        2.4

18        Clackmannanshire                             48,100                      51,400                      3,300                        7.0

19        East Ayrshire                                       120,200                    122,700                    2,500                        2.1

20        North Ayrshire                                    135,800                    138,200                    2,400                        1.7

21        Midlothian                                           80,900                      83,200                      2,300                        2.8

22        Orkney Islands                                   19,200                      21,400                      2,200                        10.9

23        Renfrewshire                                       172,900                    174,900                    2,000                        1.2

24        Dundee City                                        145,700                    147,300                    1,600                        1.1

25        East Renfrewshire                              89,300                      90,600                      1,300                        1.4

26        Eilean Siar                                           26,500                      27,700                      1,200                        4.5

27        Shetland Islands                                22,000                      23,200                      1,200                        5.3

28        South Ayrshire                                    112,100                    112,800                    700                           0.6

29        Inverclyde                                           84,200                      81,500                      -2,700                       -3.2

30        West Dunbartonshire                         93,400                      90,700                      -2,700                       -2.8

31        Argyll & Bute                                        91,300                      88,200                      -3,100                       -3.4

32        East Dunbartonshire                          108,200                    105,000                    -3,200                       -3.0

                                                                                                                                                                            

Footnotes 1) Population data are rounded to the nearest hundred. 2 ) Percentages are calculated from unrounded data.                                   

Harry Donaldson, Secretary GMB Scotland, said “Local and national government in Scotland and the UK government should base forward planning on these changes in population which clearly impacts on the demand for goods and services provided by the private sector and by local authorities, social services and the NHS.

These changes entail reconfigurations and investment in education, housing, transport links, health facilities, and infrastructure and recreation facilities. They also point to the need for a step change in how Scotland cares for growing number of the elderly and in particular how can we help them stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

Scotland is moving in the opposite direction as local authorities and other agencies are making cuts. This is leading to job losses and a reduction in the level and quality of services across a broad range of provisions. 25,600 jobs have already gone from Scotland local councils since the last general election on 2010.

In the context of these changes in population the continuing freeze on council tax in Scotland is one of the key policy areas affecting services that need to be reconsidered.”

End

Contact: Harry Donaldson 07885 456 726 or Richard Leonard on 07703 465447

Alex McLuckie 07885 348 269 or 0141 332 8641.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to Editors

1 Source for Scotland Census of Population 2001-2011 Source: Table 2: Census day usually resident population by council area, 2001 and 2011; National Records of Scotland. © Crown Copyright 2012

2 Changes in population between 2001 and 2011 by region in Great Britain and top 30 areas for changes in population in England and Wales

Census of Population 2001-2011

       

Source for England and Wales:  Table P07, 2011 Census, Population and Household Estimates for England and Wales, Office for National Statistics. Crown Copyright Reserved

Table KS01, 2001 Census, Usual Resident Population, Office for National Statistics. Crown Copyright Reserved

           
   

2001

2011

change

% change

           
 

England and Wales

52,041,916

56,075,900

4,033,984

7.8

 

England

49,138,831

53,012,500

3,873,669

7.9

 

Wales

2,903,085

3,063,500

160,415

5.5

           
           

rank

         

1

London

7,172,091

8,173,900

1,001,809

14.0

2

South East

8,000,645

8,634,800

634,155

7.9

3

East

5,388,140

5,847,000

458,860

8.5

4

East Midlands

4,172,174

4,533,200

361,026

8.7

5

South West

4,928,434

5,288,900

360,466

7.3

6

West Midlands

5,267,308

5,601,800

334,492

6.4

7

North West

6,729,764

7,052,200

322,436

4.8

8

Yorkshire and The Humber

4,964,833

5,283,700

318,867

6.4

9

Scotland

5,062,000

5,295400

233,400

4.6

10

Wales

2,903,085

3,063,500

160,415

5.5

11

North East

2,515,442

2,596,900

81,458

3.2

           

1

Kent

1,329,718

1,463,700

133,982

10.1

2

Manchester

392,819

503,100

110,281

28.1

3

Birmingham

977,087

1,073,000

95,913

9.8

4

Essex

1,310,835

1,393,600

82,765

6.3

5

Hertfordshire

1,033,977

1,116,000

82,023

7.9

6

Hampshire

1,240,103

1,317,800

77,697

6.3

7

Surrey

1,059,015

1,132,400

73,385

6.9

8

Cambridgeshire

552,658

621,200

68,542

12.4

9

Lincolnshire

646,645

713,700

67,055

10.4

10

Newham

243,891

308,000

64,109

26.3

11

Northamptonshire

629,676

692,000

62,324

9.9

12

Norfolk

796,728

857,900

61,172

7.7

13

Suffolk

668,553

728,200

59,647

8.9

14

Tower Hamlets

196,106

254,100

57,994

29.6

15

Bradford

467,665

522,500

54,835

11.7

16

West Sussex

753,614

806,900

53,286

7.1

17

Leicester

279,921

329,900

49,979

17.9

18

Oxfordshire

605,488

653,800

48,312

8.0

19

Brent

263,464

311,200

47,736

18.1

20

Bristol, City of

380,615

428,200

47,585

12.5

21

Wandsworth

260,380

307,000

46,620

17.9

22

Hackney

202,824

246,300

43,476

21.4

23

Southwark

244,866

288,300

43,434

17.7

24

Devon

704,493

746,400

41,907

5.9

25

Barnet

314,564

356,400

41,836

13.3

26

Staffordshire

806,744

848,500

41,756

5.2

27

Milton Keynes

207,057

248,800

41,743

20.2

28

Hounslow

212,341

254,000

41,659

19.6

29

Leicestershire

609,578

650,500

40,922

6.7

30

Cardiff

305,353

346,100

40,747

13.3

 

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