Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP – Greenock & Inverclyde) has expressed his concern over the continuing population decline in Inverclyde despite the latest figures produced by the National Records of Scotland indicating that Scotland’s population has risen to its highest ever level of 5,373,000.
The latest statistics also reveal that:
• Between mid-2014 and mid-2015, approximately 37,800 people came to Scotland from overseas and approximately 18,200 left Scotland to go overseas giving a net migration gain of 19,600.
• Between mid-2014 and mid-2015, approximately 47,200 people came to Scotland from the rest of the UK, and approximately 38,800 left Scotland to go in the opposite direction, giving a net migration gain of approximately 8,400.
• In the year to 30 June 2015 there were more deaths than births for the first time since the year to mid-2006.
In contrast there has been a further decline in the population of Inverclyde, falling by 0.5% in the last year alone. Over the past 10 year period records from the National Records of Scotland show that Inverclyde (along with Argyll & Bute) experienced the largest fall in population at 3.8%.
Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“I am concerned that the continual decline in the population of Inverclyde will have an impact on local services.
“We need to look at this long running problem and bring forward positive solutions to encourage more people to either stay within Inverclyde or to move into the area.
“Although the decline in the last year was marginal at only 0.5%, the total for the past 10 years highlights that Inverclyde is doing much worse than almost every other council area in Scotland.
“Working with the taskforce to save jobs at Ferguson Marine has helped to maintain employment in that industry but more needs to be done, especially by the local council, to ensure that Inverclyde is an attractive place in which to invest, work and live.”