Sam Leith Sam Leith

A baby boom won’t solve Britain’s labour shortage

Not until 2040, anyway

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Quite the scoop in yesterday’s Sun. An anonymous cabinet minister has briefed the paper that to secure Britain’s economic future, we need a baby boom. The birth rate has fallen from 2.93 children per woman in 1964 to 1.58 today. We have an ageing population, and a shrinking workforce, and something must be done.

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