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Impact of population change in Wales


The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the following areas: 

  • What are the underlying drivers of changes in Wales’s population highlighted by the 2021 Census, in particular depopulation and ageing in some areas?  
  • Are young people leaving Wales? Why? 
  • What are the main impacts of the decreasing number of economically active people in Wales? 
  • What will the impact of population trends be on the demand for and delivery of public services, including housing, education and healthcare? 
  • What steps should the Government take to mitigate the challenges of population change in Wales? How can young people be incentivised to stay? 
  • How can educated and skilled migrants be encouraged to fill labour shortages? 
  • How important is migration, both from within the UK and outside the UK, to enable Wales to grow its population and minimise the reduction in the numbers of people of working age? 
  • Does the Shortage Occupation List and the Skilled Migrants list currently meet Wales’s needs ? 
  • How can the UK Government’s immigration targets better reflect Wales’s social and economic needs? 

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The deadline for submissions was Friday 22 September 2023.

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Past events

Wednesday 1 May 2024
9:30am Public
Oral evidence session 1 May 2024
Defence industry in Wales; Impact of population change in Wales - Oral evidence
  • Jeremy Miles MS (Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language at Welsh Government)
  • Andrew Slade (Director General for Economy, Treasury and Constitution at Welsh Government)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 6 March 2024
10:45am Public
Impact of population change in Wales - Oral evidence 6 March 2024
  • Walter May (Founder and CEO at GlobalWelsh)
  • Robyn Lovelock (Programme Manager (Agri-food and Tourism Programme, North Wales Growth Deal) at Ambition North Wales)
Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 24 January 2024
10:00am Public
Impact of population change in Wales - Oral evidence 24 January 2024
  • Barry Rees (Corporate Director at Ceredigion County Council)
  • Mark Harris (Planning and Policy Adviser for Wales at Home Builders Federation)
  • Ifan Glyn (Wales Director at Federation of Master Builders)
  • Ellie Fry (Corporate Director of Regeneration and Community Services at Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council)
  • Paul Jones (Strategic Director: Environment and Sustainability at Newport City Council)
  • Aaron Hill (Director at Confederation of Passenger Transport Cymru)
Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 6 December 2023
9:30am Public
Impact of population change in Wales - Oral evidence 6 December 2023
  • Professor Michael Woods (Professor of Human Geography, Aberystwyth University, and Co-Director at Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods)
  • Jen Woolford (Director of Population Statistics at Office for National Statistics)
  • Emma Rourke (Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Health, Population and Methods at Office for National Statistics)
  • Meirion Thomas (Director - Wales at Industrial Communities Alliance)
Room 5, Palace of Westminster

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