Council leader warns changing demographics will impact public services in years to come

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Anglesey Council Offices. Photo via Google

The Chief Executive of Anglesey Council said new population figures released earlier in the week when the first tranche of census data was released will impact public services on the island for years to come. come.

Demographic data released on Tuesday showed Anglesey’s population fell by 1.2% in 2011 to 68,900 in 2021.

However, the total population of Wales increased by 1.4% from 44,000 to 3,107,500.

Anglesey also saw an increase of 16.3% in people aged 65 and over, a decrease of 7.9% in people aged 15-64 and an increase of just 0.1% in children aged 65 and over. under 15 years old.

Dylan Williams, chief executive of the council, said: “These new census figures confirm that the age profile of the island has changed.

Ageing population

“Ynys Môn has an aging population and this will undoubtedly have an impact on our services in the years to come, particularly health and social services.

“A change in the number and age profile of Anglesey’s population, compared to the rest of Wales, may impact the financial resources the Council receives directly from the Welsh Government to fund its services.”

“All of these factors need to be taken into consideration as we now work to develop our new 2022-27 Board Plan; which defines the Council’s vision and priorities for the next five years.

“The board’s plan will play a vital role in determining our goals and objectives and in looking ahead to future service delivery priorities. »

Council leader Councilor Llinos Medi added: “The new census figures have confirmed what we have suspected for some time – there are now more old people and fewer young people on Ynys Môn.”

“Forward planning in terms of future service delivery is more important than ever; so does the need to provide more opportunities for quality employment to ensure that our young people, our communities and the Welsh language thrive.

Decline

Five other local authorities in Wales have recorded population declines.

Ceredigion recorded the biggest drop at 5.8% and the population also fell in Blaenau Gwent, Gwynedd, Swansea and Caerphilly.

The 1.4% population growth recorded for Wales marks a significant slowdown from a 5.3% increase between 2001 and 2011.

This is the highest population growth since 1921.

“The population growth rate in Wales was considerably lower than in England,” the ONS said in its report on Tuesday.

“Population growth has also been lower in Wales than in any English region. The growth rate in Wales was nearly six times lower than in the East of England, the English region with the highest percentage change in population size (8.3%).

“It was also lower than the English region with the lowest population growth, the North East (1.9%).”

Newport has experienced the highest population growth rate since 2011 (at 9.5%). This rate is higher than the population growth rates of Wales (1.4%) and England (6.6%). The second highest population growth rate was in Cardiff (4.7%), followed by Bridgend (4.5%).

There were also more people than ever before in the older age groups in Wales; the proportion of the population aged 65 and over was 21.3% (compared to 18.4% in 2011).


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