North Uist

The Oban Times - - Districts -

WEST­ERN Isles coun­cil is call­ing for ac­tion to deal with pop­u­la­tion de­cline in the Outer He­brides.

Pro­jec­tions in 2014 showed a 13.7 per cent de­cline in pop­u­la­tion, tak­ing the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in the Outer He­brides from 27,250 in 2014 to 23,515 in 2039.

It is es­ti­mated there will be a 28 per cent de­cline in the 0-15 year age group, the largest de­cline in Scot­land, a 21 per cent de­cline in the work­ing age pop­u­la­tion and an 11 per cent in­crease in those of pen­sion­able age.

The pro­jec­tions come as the Comhairle is pre­par­ing for a pop­u­la­tion con­fer­ence in­volv­ing com­mu­nity plan­ning part­ners on Mon­day Novem­ber 7 and Tues­day Novem­ber 8.

Comhairle leader An­gus Camp­bell said: ‘Pop­u­la­tion de­cline is the big­gest threat fac­ing our is­lands and ac­tion must be taken to stop and re­verse the de­cline.’

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