Will more free childcare fuel baby boom?
It would be a brave, or foolhardy, politician who tried to advance such an argument in Britain, where every policy pronouncement is talked up as a great boon for “hard working families,” whether it helps them or not.
Net migration accounts for just over half of Britain’s population growth, with the remainder due to a combination of people living longer and live births, although the gap has grown recently with more new arrivals.
Latest Office for National Statistics figures, for 2014, released on Thursday, confirm this trend, with the overall number of births down slightly on the previous year. Britain’s population grew by 491,100 to reach a total of 64,596,800, the figures suggest.