London is losing population
Londoners are leaving the capital in record numbers as property prices drive people to the south coast, official data shows. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed that 340,498 residents quit London to live in other parts of the UK.The current government for London does not seem to have an answer for the crime rate. It is not just knifings. There has also been an increase in acid attacks since the influx of Muslims from mainly Pakistan. The acid attacks are generally aimed at young women who have rejected a suitor.
It marks the highest rate of people fleeing the capital since the ONS began collecting data in 2012. Experts have blamed the exodus from London on inflated house prices and violent crime rates.
Over the same period, just 237,270 people migrated into the city from elsewhere in the UK, meaning that the capital lost a net 103,228 individuals to other parts of the country.
The record figure only relates to 2018 and therefore does not account for the recent slump in the market, which is widely attributed to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. It also only tracks internal migration, and does not account for migration from sources outside the UK.
For every year since 2012, the south east was consistently the most popular destination for those choosing to leave London.
However their figures are increasing. In 2017, 336,010 people left London and the figure for the previous year was 291,630.
This continued the rising trend from 2015 (283,0000), 2014 (273,0000), 2013 (251,00 and 2012 (255,140).
In April the ONS released data revealing that knife crime had surged to the highest level since records began.
Murder and manslaughter figures also reached a 10-year high in 2018 with 732 people killed.
Earlier this week the former Oasis frontman, Gallagher, blamed the London mayor, Sadiq Khan for the capital’s knife-crime epidemic.
The 46-year-old father of four, who lives in north London, said: “Every time you wake up in the morning, there’s some 16-year-old kid been knifed to death. I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers.”