Do we have enough people?

Population growth and the future of the UK

Thursday 26th November 2015 – 08:30-9:30

Happenstance, 1a Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7AA

Our next Trends Breakfast will focus on the issue of population growth, in the wake of new forecasts by the ONS suggesting that the number of people  in the UK will rise by nearly 10 million (to 74 million) over the next 25 years.

The population of the UK has been growing steadily for decades but recent increases have been driven by rises in longevity and net migration, with the latter helping drive a mini baby boom in recent years. All these longer term trends have been compounded by the urgent discussions in recent months prompted by the refugee crisis in Europe.

Across the world, we can see examples of population growth both driving growth and presenting problems of both stability and prosperity. Earlier in the year we drew attention to the demographic milestone that saw Asia-Pacific’s fertility rate drop below 2.1 for the first time – a trend that will see the rate of population growth slow dramatically over the next few years. Even more recently, China has abandoned its decades old one-child policy as it seeks to avoid the dangerous consequences of an overly-old society.

Population growth is an issue relevant to virtually every topic discussed at our Trends Breakfasts this year, with significant impacts on Housing, Ageing, Politics and Society, Retail, Urbanisation, Leisure and Work. At the heart of our discussions will be a simple question – do we have enough people?

As ever, we don’t promise to have all the answers, but we very much hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a fascinating hour of discussion.

To reserve your place please email Tom Johnson (