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09/06/04
London: Getting Bigger and Younger
- Official statistics show vote of confidence in capital's future

LONDON'S population rose by nearly ten per cent over the last decade, according to figures released today by the government-run Office for National Statistics.

The grand total now stands at 8.3 million, up from 7.6 ten years ago. Forecasters expect the rise to continue and the population of the capital to reach over 9 million by 2011.

The make-up of central London is some flux, with 150,000 people moving out of inner London boroughs each year, to be replaced by a much greater concentration of young and foreign residents in a shift which is best seen as a positive vote for the city's future.

To cope with the extra numbers, both the national government and London Mayor Ken Livingstone are pushing for a mass home-building programme, with tens of thousands of new houses set to be built on mostly brown-field sites in the coming years



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