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Should we tax the childless?


The latest census for England and Wales, the first results of which were published last week, shows a population that is bigger than ever, at 59.6 million. Yet that big number in fact represents a slowing-down: the population grew by 7.8 per cent between 2001 and 2011, but the growth dropped to 6.3 per cent between 2011 and 2021. And, having narrowed the gap, erratically, for 60 years, the annual number of births in England and Wales (640,000 in 2019 — the last year unaffected by Covid) is not much higher than the number of deaths (531,000 in 2019). The number of under-fives in England and Wales fell by 7.6 per cent between 2011 and 2021 to 3.2 million. (The overall picture is true of


Source: The Times July 03, 2022 12:01 UTC



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