UK population 'to grow at slower pace than previously expected'

Reports that the UK's population "is set to increase at a slower pace than previously expected because gains in life expectancy have tailed off and fertility has fallen" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "the Office for National Statistics’ long-term projection published on Monday showed that the population was now expected to grow by 3m to 69.4m in mid-2028 from a decade earlier. This is 0.4m less than under previous projections published two years ago."

The Financial Times also reports that "the mayors of the UK’s two biggest cities have called for extra powers and funding to help tackle air pollution and address climate change". The paper says that "London’s Sadiq Khan has urged central government to devolve more responsibility for environmental issues such as improving the energy efficiency standards for more than 3m homes in London. Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands, which covers the Birmingham metropolitan area, wants extra funding to promote sustainable policymaking at a local level."

The Times reports that "Legal & General has committed £750 million to affordable housing projects in Britain, increasing its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes". The paper says that "the FTSE 100 group, which is Britain’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes, has agreed deals for homes at 41 schemes across areas including Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Kent and London".

The FT reports that "one of Britain’s busiest railway stations is set to take on a new role as a freight hub as part of a plan to shuttle goods to central London from a container port using old passenger trains". The paper says that "the first service, which is due to start in May between London Gateway and London Liverpool Street, is intended to help hauliers avoid the charges from London’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), which was introduced this year, and the congestion zone. It would also take traffic off the heavily congested A13 that links the port near Thurrock in Essex to the capital."

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